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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 27, 2010


The Insignificance of a Logo (Even When Significant)

FEATURED THIS WEEK : KATE HOWE

The Insignificance of a Logo (Even When Significant)

On the futility of designing the symbol for a controversial religious organization.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

SELCO: Product Design Philosophy

This video of the SELCO innovation team talking about product development is a part of the SELCO case study, the first in a series of case studies on design and social enterprise funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Winterhouse Institute.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

SELCO: Founder Harish Hande on SELCO's Future

This video of Harish Hande talking about the future of his solar energy enterprise in India is a part of the SELCO case study, the first in a series of case studies on design and social enterprise funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Winterhouse Institute.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Somali Diaspora Project

Since launching the Somali Documentary Project in 2003, Abdi Roble has taken more than 100,000 photographs showing every aspect of Somali migrant life. The result is a unique portrait of a community, possibly the first attempt in history to capture the process of migration and resettlement while it's still under way.
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PLACES : CENTER FOR URBAN PEDAGOGY

The Good, the Bad, and the Empty

Why are there so many empty lots near our school? This is the deceptively simple question — posed by students at the Walt Whitman Middle School in Brooklyn — that propels The Good, the Bad, and the Empty, a new video project from the Center for Urban Pedagogy. The students document and critique the vacant lots — mostly derelict and trash-filled — and they make the essential connection between land use and community well-being. Following our presentation of earlier CUP projects — see Bodega Down Bronx and The Water Underground — we are pleased to feature their latest video.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Case Study Use: Teaching History and Notes for Educators

In an effort to document use of case studies in Design and Social Enterprise series from Yale School of Management, Change Observer maintains a history of where cases have been taught or adopted into curriculum. Teaching notes are also available upon request.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

SELCO: Case Study Synopsis & Teaching Objectives

This case study about SELCO, a solar energy company in India, provides an opportunity to examine the strategy of a business with a social purpose and a heavy reliance on innovative design. This is the first in a new series of cases focusing on design and social enterprise created by Yale School of Management in collaboration with Winterhouse Institute, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

Design and Social Enterprise: A New Model for Case Studies

Placing design within the larger context of real world projects and enterprises is critical for design thinking and solutions to evolve as a methodology and a means for social impact. In business schools, numerous case studies focus on social enterprise management and others on the role of design in business. But not many have considered the role of design in social enterprises. Yale School of Management, in collaboration with Winterhouse Institute, has created a new series of cases focusing on design and social enterprise, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : RAMSEY FORD

What Social Entrepreneurship Can Teach Social Design

As a professor at the University of Cincinnati and a director of a nascent design nonprofit, Design Impact (DI), I'm often approached by young designers asking: What knowledge do I need to get into social design? What skills should I develop that I didn't learn for my design degree? What social design opportunities are out there? How do I begin?
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OBSERVATORY : JESSICA HELFAND

In the Palm of Your Hand: Dexterity Puzzles

Dexterity games — also known as skill games, palm puzzles and hand-held games — have fascinated adults and children since the 19th century. The essential hand-eye challenge of rolling a ball into a hole or tilting a capsule through a maze has proved among the most delightful, maddening, and enduring diversions of the modern age, despite — or perhaps because of — its sheer simplicity.
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER, THE EDITORS

Today: The End

Goodbyes are never easy. And so it is with Today, our weekly smorgasbord of images curated by Eric Baker, which concludes with this final post.
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One World Futbol

Report on One World Futbol produced by Hope Is a Game-Changer.
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Western Civic Art: Works in Progress

In 1989 Phoenix, Arizona, commissioned one of the first public art master plans. The city now has one of the strongest public art programs in the country.
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