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No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment

No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment

Environment, Arts & Culture, Education

No.9 produces public cultural projects and outreach educational programs that engage and bring awareness to our most pressing environmental issues

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Rocky Tilney

Rocky Tilney

San Jose, United States

Designer (Graphic Design)

Design - Life - Business - Creativity.

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Our commitment to improving life through social design has been with us since the beginning. This is who we are and why we’re here.


    May 31, 2007


    The new website expands the capabilities of the DESIGN 21 online community, with a variety of communities such as ACT, COMPETE, FEATURES and SUPPORT.

    ACT provides an area for members of the Network to take action. Non-profits list needs, such as volunteer opportunities, design problems, or consultation advice. Designers, businesses, government agencies, schools or individuals with a desire to become involved in socially conscious projects are then able to connect with the network’s non-profits in need.

    COMPETE hosts an ongoing series of online design competitions created in collaboration with UNESCO, challenging designers to address contemporary social, cultural and environmental concerns. Among the first three competitions to launch are “Heated Issue,” design a public awareness campaign of global warming education; “Shelter Me,” design a temporary emergency shelter for deployment in a natural disaster; and “Child’s Play,” design an object that encourages children to cultivate their own imagination and creativity.

    FEATURES offers insightful articles and profiles on various individual organizations and case studies of social design that meet or address social needs. Content is provided by contributors to the Social Design Network.

    SUPPORT the network and the non-profit members by purchasing the sleek, statement Allumonde™ ring designed exclusively for the network by renowned furniture and industrial designer Richard Hutten. The symbol of DESIGN 21, the new ring represents the wearers’ sincerity towards helping others. 19% of the proceeds are donated to the non-profit organization of the member’s choice and 2% to UNESCO. The Allumonde ring is available in both adult and children’s sizes and ranges in price from $25 - $2,500.