How to Solve India’s Poverty Crisis
A new look at how to end poverty in India.
Gendered Arrangements: India
Girls are considered a burden in Indian society, the issue is popularly known as the “missing girls” phenomenon.
Cycle Commerce: The Red Blood Cells of a Smart City
Dehli's many millions of bicycle and rickshaw vendors embody the entrepreneurship, sustainable mobility, social innovation and thriving local economies, that a sustainable city needs. How can that be traslated to European cities?
An Open Design School for India
Journeying through the Sacred Profane
David Stairs chronicles his trip through India.
Someone Else’s Shangri La
Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.
Chandigarh on the Block
Furnishings designed for Corbusier's urban masterpiece are being sold at auction. How outraged should we be?
Alan Thomas, at the Kolkata Book Fair.
Work Faster, India!
“Work faster, get time for life.” I just got back from a short trip to India where this insane slogan adorned a poster at a bus stop. It pretty much sums up a febrile mood in Delhi where it was announced during my stay that India's economy will grow by nine percent next year.
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.
SELCO: Founder Harish Hande on SELCO's Future
This video of Harish Hande 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.
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.
What Social Entrepreneurship Can Teach Social Design
Essay on adapting principles of social entrepreneurship to social design.
The Town That Corbusier Built
On the conflict between architectural appreciation and security in Chandigarh, India.
Ripple Effect Update
Update on the Ripple Effect initiative launched by IDEO, Gates Foundation and Acumen Fund to distribute fresh water in the developing world. Originally published July 30, 2009.
Bellagio Museum Symposium: Abstract
In April 2010, 22 participants met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is an abstract summary of the final report of their discussions.
Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum”
In April 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is a report on their conversation.
Two Rupees Worth
Now that the dust has settled on India's launch of their rupee symbol we are starting to see its application beyond the initial fanfare.
India's Epic Head Count
The enormous task of conducting India's 2010 census is aided by a newly designed form.
The Subtle Technology of Indian Artisanship
How India's craftsmen offer lessons in design thinking.
Design for Change Contest
India Report, April 1958
Fifty years ago the National lnstitute of Design was born in Ahmedabad India. It's backbone was a manifesto developed by Charles and Ray Eames.
Peter Bilak & Satya Rajpurohit: Interview on Typography
Dirk Wachowiak interviews Peter Bilak and Satya Rajpurohit on their recent collaboration, the Hindi version of Bilak’s Fedra.
The Nano Effect on Urban India
Review of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibition of the Tata Nano, 2010.
Better Living Through Artistry
SEWA, a cooperative textile manufacturing company in Ahmedebad, India, is a network of self-employed women.
Finding Innovation in Every Corner
Interview with management expert Anil Gupta, who seeks to reduce poverty by finding, broadcasting and nurturing examples of innovation among India's poor.
Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.
Rainfall Is Likely to Occur
The bourgeois quarters have their own hybrid neo-Tibeto-Hokkaido-Kashmiri-Brit architecture — tin-roof Tudors with peaks — yet "paddy" (i.e., rice) is still grown within the city limits, if in just a few spots.
The Question Box project puts the developing-world poor just a phone call away from an internet search.
IDEO launched Ripple Effect in India to help communities with the arduous process of transporting water.
We Are All Emerging Economies Now
I recently received an invitation to discuss design and development with a wonderful group of design peers in a beautiful location. But I have decided to decline the invitation. Why?