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D-Rev’s Krista Donaldson on “Design Gone Good”

At AutodeskDesign Night’ on September 4th, 2014, D-Rev’s CEO Krista Donaldson gave a brilliant presentation on “Design Gone Good” to a sold out crowd in the Autodesk Gallery. In this video, she illustrates how design can truly make a difference in people’s lives around the world. Using examples from D-Rev’s work in India, she explains how her organization has learned to think in terms of systems as opposed to products, leverage users and partners to adapt and scale, and iterate approaches to impact assessment.

I think when we talk about impact design, it is not just about what our products do, or how we can change industries, but ultimately about the greater good. As Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union once said, It is important to understand that development is not a ‘nice to have;’ it’s essential for peace, for stability, and for progress in the world.

Click here to watch “Design Gone Good,” and click here to purchase tickets to upcoming Autodesk Design Nights, online at Autodesk.com/Impact.

Join Autodesk "Design Gone Good" Night Sep 4th

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Located in Autodesk‘s San Francisco office overlooking the Bay Bridge, the Autodesk Gallery hosts ‘Design Night‘ each first Thursday of the month to explore how tech is transforming different industries. On the evening of September 4th, 2014, the event will focus on impact designers and projects under the banner “Design Gone Good.” Along with an interactive design fair, D-Rev‘s Krista Donaldson will headline the evening to speak about how design is transforming communities and changing lives. Tickets–which typically sell out within a few hours–will go on sale Monday, August 11th, at noon PT so be sure to act quickly!

Design isn’t just streamlined furniture, shiny gadgets, and sleek cars. It also has the capacity to do good—to have a deep and profound impact on peoples’ lives. From cleaner portable stoves in Africa to low-cost housing in rural America, impact design aims to tackle and solve social, environmental, and economic challenges. Whether on a small scale or a grand stage, designers are finding new and innovative ways to make a difference.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets to “Design Gone Good” Night on September 4th, 6-10pm PT, online at Autodesk.com/Impact.

Autodesk Gallery PID Exhibition at TED

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We are thrilled to have our Autodesk Gallery exhibition, Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes, on display this week at the 2013 TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif. The exhibition, guest-curated by our own John Cary and journalist Courtney E. Martin–in association with Autodesk Gallery team members Jason Medal-Katz, Matthew Tierney, and Roddy Wykes, among others–opened in October 2012, and was spotlighted here on the TED Blog yesterday, concluding with the following:

Ultimately, our aim was to communicate something not about design, per se, but about dignity. Environmental psychology tells us that the moment we are born, the world around us—the rooms we sleep in, the classrooms we study in, the outdoor spaces we have access to, the bureaucracies we see our parents wrestle with—signals something about our own identity, our own worth, what we can expect from life. In this way, we are a reflection of the design we experience in our lives. Which leads us to the critical question: how do we make a world that is more hospitable and healthy for all of us, that signals back to us that we belong, that we deserve beauty and functionality and dignity? And in instances where design, be that of products, places, or processes, is less than ideal, what changes can be made quickly, simply, easily, or painlessly?

Click here to read “Putting the public back in public interest design: The making of an exhibit at TED2013,” online at TED.com.

Novogratz: “Dignity, Not Dependence”

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Jacqueline Novogratz, the acclaimed founder & CEO of Acumen Fund, a pioneer in social impact investing, took to the pages of The Huffington Post yesterday to talk about her recent travel and ongoing work with d.light. A social enterprise that spun out of the Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability program at the Stanford d.school, d.light is featured in our exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery and its founders are among our Public Interest Design 100, while Novogratz will grace our upcoming Global Public Interest Design 100.

As Novogratz explains, “1.6 billion people on earth lack affordable light. Imagine the virtual release of human energy if we truly lit the world together. We will do this not by handing a solution to the poor, but by crafting–and insisting on–opportunities in which everyone can participate. We are each other’s destiny. Within our interconnection lies the seed of our mutual sense of dignity–and ultimately, the world’s best chance to end impoverishment, material and spiritual.”

Click here to read “Dignity, Not Dependence While Living Under $1 a Day,” online at HuffintonPost.com.

Novogratz: "Dignity, Not Dependence"

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Jacqueline Novogratz, the acclaimed founder & CEO of Acumen Fund, a pioneer in social impact investing, took to the pages of The Huffington Post yesterday to talk about her recent travel and ongoing work with d.light. A social enterprise that spun out of the Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability program at the Stanford d.school, d.light is featured in our exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery and its founders are among our Public Interest Design 100, while Novogratz will grace our upcoming Global Public Interest Design 100.

As Novogratz explains, “1.6 billion people on earth lack affordable light. Imagine the virtual release of human energy if we truly lit the world together. We will do this not by handing a solution to the poor, but by crafting–and insisting on–opportunities in which everyone can participate. We are each other’s destiny. Within our interconnection lies the seed of our mutual sense of dignity–and ultimately, the world’s best chance to end impoverishment, material and spiritual.”

Click here to read “Dignity, Not Dependence While Living Under $1 a Day,” online at HuffintonPost.com.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! Video Recap

In mid-November, Architecture for Humanity welcomed hundreds of its network members to the beautiful Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco for the third annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! event. The above is a three-minute video, produced by AV Media, showcasing some of the highlights from an event that AFH describes as “a hive of ideas-sharing and lessons learned on how to improve the world through the power of design.”

Click here to watch the Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! recap, online at Vimeo.com.

Architizer: 2012 Top 10 PID Milestones

On Wednesday, we published the second in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Milestones of 2012.” The list looks beyond individual design projects and instead toward initiatives with far-reaching consequences for the field—and, in some cases, the world.

1. Architectural Record Publishes “Building for Social Change” Issue
2. IDEO.org and Gates Foundation Launch HCD Connect
3. Design Corps Debuts the First Four of Six SEEDocs
4. U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale Showcases “Spontaneous Interventions
5. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Addresses “Designing for Impact”
6. “Public Interest Design” Exhibition Opens at the Autodesk Gallery
7. The Noun Project Launches New Website and Symbol Suites
8. The Gates Foundation Hosts Inaugural Toilet Festival
9. Grantmakers in Design Hosts Its Inaugural Meeting
10. Public Interest Design 100 Infographic Maps Movers & Shakers

Click here to read our “Top 10 Public Interest Design Milestones of 2012,” online at Architizer.com.

Home for Good

As profiled here yesterday, in Co.Exist‘s coverage of our new exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, and in the exhibition itself, Home for Good is a remarkable example of process or systems design. An initiative of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, “the goal is to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles by 2016.” The program has a dedicated website with several videos explaining the work, including the one above.

Today, there are over 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles, more than any other city in the U.S. And it costs us over $800,000,000 a year. But there is a solution–one that not only costs a lot less, but also moves us closer to ending homelessness in Los Angeles county, and is easier than you think.

Click here to learn more about Home for Good, online at UnitedWayLA.org.

Co.Exist: Designing for More than Just Looks

Yesterday, Fast Company‘s Co.Exist publication offered up a piece and graphic slideshow, titled “Designing For More Than Just Looks: Inside Public Interest Design.” It showcases our new Autodesk Gallery exhibition as “product design and architecture that solves broader social and environmental problems.” As the title of the exhibition–Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes–explains, there is a crucial third piece, beyond product design and architecture. We opted to call it “processes,” but it is more commonly known as service or systems design. A prime example is “Home for Good,” a partnership of Community Solutions, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Los Angeles, among others.

This Los Angeles program that has the ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness in the city by 2016. A complex action plan includes increasing communications among city agencies, providing instant criminal background checks, and offering housing search assistance–all the things that a well-designed system for helping the homeless get off the street would have had in the first place (today’s system, of course, was cobbled together over many years). Home for Good has already slashed the number of days it takes to get homeless veterans off the street, from 168 to 93 days.

Click here to readDesigning For More Than Just Looks: Inside Public Interest Design,” online at FastCoExist.com. Caption: Graphic design by Megan Jett; courtesy of Autodesk.

Reminder: AfH's DLYGAD Live 2012 Coming Up

Architecture for Humanity yesterday issued another update on its annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! conference, taking place November 12-13, at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. The two-day event is self-described as “The best Damn humanitarian design conference” and “the preeminent practitioners’ forum on humanitarian design and community development.”

Click here for more information or to register for Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!, online at ArchitectureforHumanity.org. Caption: I Love Architecture for Social Change t-shirts, benefiting AfH, available for purchase here.