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    Some thought after the reading

    Nokia User Research: “Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?” by Sara Corbett

    After I read the first couple of pages, the only thing I can think of is “not another corporate jingoism” like what Nike had done before, sending free shoes to Africa, than later on they will need to buy their own, because the skin under their foot become softer by the protection of the shoe. (Not rough enough to run on the ground bare foot anymore) But this article brought up some interesting point that I do not know, for example: once the people consumer a phone, if their celery increase, the money they spent on telecommunications increases as well. Another good point is the mobile banking. This idea is not new, (Japan use it for a while now) but this is really beneficial to the developing countries people. They can get their celery by phone and further use the phone as their purse. In the article they mention Harvard University studied that fishermen benefit themselves by owning cell phones. They can call the buyers before they arrive. London Business school also studied (in 2005) every additional 10 mobile phones per 100 people, a country’s G.D.P. (Dynamic Charts of Fed Economic Data) rises 0.5 percent. I’m questioning the increase rate of G.D.P., but it is an interesting fact. Something also caught my attention when I was reading this article, when Chipchase and Nokia collaborate a cell phone design competition for a dream phone. The “dream phone” they design reflect to their day-to-day life.

    The Meaning of “Social Entrepreneurship,” by J. Gregory Dees:

    This article is really interesting; a Social Entrepreneur is like what we are all starting to do in the senior year. Everyone in Product Design’s senior is somewhat a Social Entrepreneurs. In the article Gregory said“ for Social entrepreneurs, the social mission is explicit and central.” A real Entrepreneur sees opportunity where other people see it as a problem. Gregory also mentioned that Social Entrepreneurship ” is a continuous process of exploring, learning and improving.” I’m totally agree with him.

    The following are the defining of Social Entrepreneurship: Adopting a mission to create and sustain social value (not just private value) Recognizing and relentlessly pursuing new opportunities to serve that mission Engaging in a process of continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning Acting boldly without being limited by resources currently in hand, and Exhibiting a heightened sense of accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.

    Design for the other 90% / Cooper Hewitt Museum

    Design for the other 90% is a really good show Cooper Hewitt Museum exhibited in the year of 2007. Luckily I got a chance to go visit the exhibition. By visited the exhibition, I realized most of the people who lived in NYC are far more wealthier than the people who needed help. A fact that came out from the exhibition “Almost half the world’s population, or 2.8 billion people, live on less than $2 per day. Roughly 70% of them epend on agriculture as their man source on income.” A lot of the facts and projects trigger me to think more about the other 90% in the world.

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