Paul Polak
End Poverty or Bust

Five years ago, Steve Bachar and Paul Polak decided to create a venture capital fund that would only invest in socially responsible companies. There was only one problem. There were no companies to invest in that met the criteria

Paul Polak, and Mal Warwick
How to Solve India’s Poverty Crisis

A new look at how to end poverty in India.

Cheryl Heller
Forget Poverty. Let’s Talk Business.

In a recent article on the future of design, I used Paul Polak as a case for why generalists are so important to the world right now.

Manisha Sharma
Gendered Arrangements: India

Girls are considered a burden in Indian society, the issue is popularly known as the “missing girls” phenomenon.

Alexandra Lange
Having Fun at the Museum
Mark Lamster
Majority Report

Review of Design with the Other 90%: Cities

Courtney Drake, William Drenttel, and Deirdre Cerminaro
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.

Photo by Milton Rogovin
The Poetry of Simplicity

Pablo Neruda on the photographer Milton Rogovin

Photo by Taslima Akhter
The Raveled Sleeve of Care

Photo by Taslima Akhter showing living conditions for Bangladesh's garment workers.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit: Update 09.25.10

Dateline Aspen. An on-going report on progress on the six projects developed at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.

Mimi Zeiger
Food Not Bombs

Report on Food Not Bombs, an activist network, now about to turn 30, that distributes free vegan meals.

Photo by Teun Voeten
Hell Under Wheels

Photo from Teun Voeten's newly reissued book on New York's Tunnel People.

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.

Jen Roos
Cup of Heroes

Thoughts on design, sports, and the author's return to a South African township during the World Cup.

Photo by Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error

Photo by Pieter Hugo of Ghana's Agbogbloshie slum.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: Hale County Rural Poverty Project

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Hale County Rural Poverty Project conceived of a socio-economic model of resource allocation through an online platform for accelerated regional development in the Black Belt counties of rural Alabama.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit: Initial Report

Initial report on the 2009 Aspen Design Summit, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute.

Bradford McKee
New Grub Street

Interview with photorapher Jonas Bendiksen following the opening of his exhibition "The Places We Live."

Ernest Beck
Chulha Stove

Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.

Bryan Mealer, and William Kamkwamba
The Doers Club

Design prodigy William Kamkwamba recalls building a windmill to generate electricity for his village in Malawi, Africa.

Teun Voeten
Under Cover

Teun Voeten photograph of Kabul, Afghanistan, 2007. The situation for widows in Afghanistan is desperate...

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