8 Design Thinkers Make The Purpose Economy 100


In anticipation of the forthcoming book The Purpose Economy by Taproot founder and Imperative CEO Aaron Hurst, The Purpose Economy 100–resembling our Public Interest Design 100–was released yesterday. Compiling 100 “disruptive innovators, policy-setters, taste-makers and researchers” through a national nomination process, we were delighted to see 8 design, architecture, and community pioneers (individuals and pairs) make the list, including: Emily Pilloton, founder of Project H; Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of The High Line; Marshall Ganz, community organizer and Harvard professor; Ray Oldenburg, urban sociologist and human-centered city planning advocate; Ryan Gravel and Cathy Woolard, creators of the Atlanta BeltLine; William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle founder and architect; David Kelley, professor at Stanford’s d.school & IDEO founder; and the infamous author and activist Jane Jacobs.

The Purpose Economy 100 was created by Imperative in partnership with CSRWire to celebrate the pioneers who are driving the evolution of our economy from one based on information to one based on people and their quest for purpose. The list was compiled based on hundreds of nominations across the country. At the early stages of this economic shift, we felt the best way to capture it was through the stories of its pioneers, celebrating them and inspiring new leaders of the emerging Purpose Economy.

Click here to see the complete list of The Purpose Economy 100, online at PurposeEconomy.com.

Book: Make Space

Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration is a new book based on the work at the Stanford University d.school and its Environments Collaborative Initiative, co-authored by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft. The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, affectionately known as the d.school, was founded in the School of Engineering five years ago to prepare a generation of innovators to tackle complex social challenges.

Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play—and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the d.school including countless prototypes and iterations with d.school students and spaces.

Click here to learn more about Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration.

Stanford receives $150M gift to alleviate poverty

Not sure how we missed this last month, but the Stanford Graduate School of Business has received a $150 million gift to launch the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, known as “SEED.” The new Institute seeks “to stimulate, develop, and disseminate research and innovations that enable entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders to alleviate poverty in developing economies. SEED’s work is based on the belief that a critical route for economic growth is through the creation of entrepreneurial ventures and by scaling existing enterprises.”

Design is referenced numerous times in Stanford’s November 4 press release. The Business School is also co-host of the d.School (aka: Hasso Plattner Institute of Design), though it’s unclear as of yet how the new Institute will tie into the d.School.

Click here to read the press release and learn more.