President Joyce Banda

GOOD 100: Designing for Impact Background


Late last year, finalists for the GOOD 100 were asked to respond, in writing, to three questions: 1) What is your biggest project in 2013? 2) What kind of support do you need to help it succeed and are there any ways you’d like to try and mobilize the GOOD community in general? and 3) Any insights about the timing of your forthcoming projects? As background to our earlier post, John Cary‘s complete responses follow.

First, my biggest project in 2013 is to formalize the field of public interest design. This is a field premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. It’s the intersection of design and service, broadly encompassing the design of products, environments, and systems. Indeed, everything around us, for better or worse, is designed.


GOOD 100 Recognizes Designing for Impact


The communications and field-building work of was are recognized and profiled in current (Spring 2013) issue of GOOD Magazine, described as a “magazine for people who give a damn.” For the first time, this year’s “GOOD 100” recognizes “people who are pushing the world forward.” Showcased are 100 people celebrated as “trailblazers and truth-tellers, defenders and disrupters, inventors and inciters, but they all share one basic trait: They are DOers.”

In his profile, titled “Designing for Impact,” our own John Cary cites entities like and MASS Design Group (as well as D-Rev: Design Revolution and Code for America) as positive examples for the direction of the field. He also finds promising the work of Enterprise Rose Fellows in U.S. cities and tribal reservations, as well as Malawi President Joyce Banda‘s unprecedented maternal health and infrastructure initiative. With the help of these entities and the growth of the movement worldwide, “2013 will be the year of public interest design,” Cary says.

Click here to read “Designing for Impact,” online at

Back from Malawi, and back online


We are back online after 10 extraordinary days working in Malawi and Rwanda, with much to share and even more to catch up on. Our time in Malawi was organized through the Aspen Institute‘s Global Health & Development program, specifically its Global Leadership Council on Reproductive Health. We were invited there to advise President Joyce Banda of Malawi on her Maternal Health & Safe Motherhood Initiative, which has three components, including one focused on infrastructure–in the form of up to 150 maternal waiting homes, to be constructed next to health clinics and hospitals across the country.

We were especially honored to visit several rural clinics and villages, facilitated by USAID and CARE International. We were also honored to present on the power of design and storytelling to President Banda, multiple members of her cabinet, and a variety of international aid organizations. The centerpiece of our presentation was the Butaro Hospital, designed by MASS Design Group with Partners in Health. We will be following President Banda’s work closely, helping in any way we can, and we hope to have much more to report in the coming weeks and months.

Click here to view a selection of our photographs from Malawi, including our visits to rural clinics and villages. Caption: Photo of a community health volunteer, who has tended to 512 households for the past seven years.