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Change Observer is a channel of Design Observer devoted to the many dimensions of design for social innovation, developed by Winterhouse Institute with support from Rockefeller Foundation. It provides timely information about design strategies aimed globally at improving health, education, housing, and the environment, and features reportage, interviews, opinion pieces, book and exhibition reviews, a photo gallery, and a resource center compiling information about key organizations and events. Change Observer not only identifies important people and projects related to design for social change; it also assesses their effectiveness through investigative reports by renowned journalists.

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  • ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Change Observer – by John Thackara Originally published in Change Observer on December 17, 2013 Michel Bauwens “The global economy treats nature and material resources as if they were infinite, and knowledge as if it was scarce. We have to swap those two around”. (Michel Bauwens) Having enshrined the rights of nature in its constitution , Ecuador is [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Conflict and Design   5 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – Essay by John Thackara An exhibition in Belgium poses a timely challenge: When confronted by such complex issues as an aging population, resource depletion, migration, or growing impoverishment, how are we to balance the desire to do something positive, with the need to understand the back story before we intervene? The installation [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Shoe City vs Sole Rebels   6 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – Essay by John Thackara Two radically opposed models of development are being born in Ethiopia at the same time. One is small, local, socially fair, and ecologically respectful. The other takes the globalisation of fashion to a new and more destructive level. No sooner had I posted a long piece on Politics [...]

  • ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Change Observer – By John Thackara In fashion, despite more than 400 eco labels, an incremental ‘do less harm’ approach has addressed the symptoms, but not the principal cause, of our difficulties: an economy based on perpetual growth in a finite world. A new and global ‘leave things better’ politics affirms our co-dependency [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Flyaways   7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Change Observer – By John Thackara Photo by Ralph Oesker John Thackara – reposted reflections from the end of last summer (LP)… I’m sad. The family of swallows that spent the summer in the eaves behind my office have headed south for the winter. Most of them will follow the west coast of Africa to [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Connecting With The Other   8 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Thackara “I arrived in Toulon at the age of 29 with my seven year old daughter” “I was born in Burkina Faso but came to France when I was four following a coup d’etat” “My ancestors were the Siharaba in the region of of Lake Alaotra in the [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Ways of Knowing   9 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – Essay by John Thackara Photograph: Hans Sylvester Interni and the Be Open Foundation are publishing a book, called Gallery Of The Senses , that explores the ways we experience the contemporary world through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. It then asks: Are we missing a sixth sense? Here is my contribution. Humanity’s troubles [...]

  • ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Thackara The green cup I’m holding (above) contains elderflower cordial, freshly-made by the nuns who live in a 16th century convent in Wernberg , Austria. One of their number, Sister Monika-Maria, has guided us barefoot on a circular “Path of Consciousness” over the lush Carinthian meadows you see in the [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Trust Is Not An Algorithm   10 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Thackara Illustration from hhs.gov/open By some accounts the world’s information is doubling every two years . This impressive if unprovable fact has got many people wondering: what to do with it? Many big brands hope that the analysis of Big Data will give them a ‘360 degree view’ of customers: Who they’re [...]

  • ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer – Change Observer – Essay by Ezio Manzini This article is part of a series supporting Compostmodern13, a 2-day conference March 22 + 23 in San Francisco, exploring design’s role in creating a more resilient world, with some of the world’s leading designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, architects and more. How do we design a resilient [...]

  • ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer – Change Observer – Essay by Ezio Manzini How do we design a resilient socio-technical system? Let’s look to natural systems; their tolerance of breakdowns and their adaptation capacity (that is, their capability of sustaining over time) may give us direction (Fiksel, 2003; Manzini, 2012). As a matter of fact, it is [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Card Tricks   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory –  By Rob Walker The digital does not annihilate the analog. It glorifies it. Paper books and vinyl records were once quotidian; today they are objects to defend, romanticize, venerate. Or consider this example: the humble business card. As a genre of object, it is “ doomed,” one technology observer asserted not [...]

  • ThumbnailReposted from Change Observer – By William Drenttel & Michael Mossoba Symposium Participants, Yale University, 2012 The Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change was held at Yale University, August 19-21, 2012. Thought leaders from various disciplines (design, engineering, architecture and management) and from across the country convened to share ideas about the future of [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Project Dose   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Change Observer – By Ernest Beck The Project Dose medicine crusher produced by T4T in Uganda. Photo: Linda Pulik Hospitals and healthcare facilities in developing countries face problems ranging form overcrowding to underfunding and a lack of available staff, medical equipment and supplies. One lesser-known issue is the limited availability and high [...]

  • ThumbnailEssay reposted from Design Observer: Change Observer – Andrew Shea I stream the news on my phone most mornings as I wake up, taking it from bedroom to bathroom, from kitchen to wherever. In January I heard a report about behavior change that stopped me in my tracks somewhere along the way. I think a lot [...]

  • Design-Observer Change-Observer wrote a new blog post: Designing for Social Change   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Change Observer – Essay: William Drenttel In June 2008 I attended a workshop called “ Design for Social Impact ” sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation at its center on Lake Como in Bellagio, Italy. In this unusually bucolic setting in the southern Alps, twenty designers from a dozen countries pondered the question of whether design [...]

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