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  • Recent years have witnessed an explosion of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). ICTs are now the buzzword in both the technology and business worlds. The rapid expansion of enabling infrastructures has led to an unparalleled use of ICTs in the corporate and business sectors. These ICTs have allowed companies and businesses to strengthen their environments, offer high-end products as well as state-of-the-art services, and also reach out to hitherto unexplored markets. The impact of ICTs in the business world has been well documented and discussed.

    There is also a parallel surge in the use of ICTs by organizations that serve and work in the developing world. Conferences such as the WSIS laid the foundation for a more in-depth look at how development organizations, both in the North and in the South, are using ICTs. The synergy between infrastructure and knowledge creation, the development of Intranet and Extranet applications, content and information management, partnerships between social capital and technology, amongst others, are now approaching the forefront as important research, development and professional themes and agendas.

    Organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) and others have begun to invest a significant portion of their time, money and effort in these technologies to strengthen their operational functions and outreach. Many organizations in the South are following suit.

    ICTs are also gaining popularity in some of...

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    Education, Fashion Design


  • Unsusable Water

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

    I know that people are going crazy of the gas problem, which makes the try to find new ways to get around naturally. So I thought why not go the the water powered engine idea. But used the unusable water, salt water.

    Even though two thirds of the earth is made up of water, only 3% of it is available to us. What if we use the salt water to power our car engines with he new fuel cell system. If not Honda's All-New Honda Insight Hybrid will be on sale Spring 2009, Expected Price: Around $18,500 its an almost-production prototype of its new dedicated hybrid car, the 5-door hatchback Insight (V 2.0). The company is also working on a hybrid based on the CRZ and a Jazz/Fit hybrid. "Honda is planning global sales of more than 500,000 units per year with its four hybrids [with 200,000 of those being Insights]. Ether way it goes we need to do something

  • Serenity in the Foothills

    Environment, Environmental Design


    The Park Village Resort: Serenity in the Foothills

    September 14, 2008 (Kathmandu, Nepal)

    A boy with a luggage compartment in a bicycle with an errant tourist in tow - the stone path on which they ply is shaded by a canopy of trees and shrubs. I am writing this a few feet away, safely ensconced under a pavilion of chairs in a pond. Feeding the fish felt like a 'runaway bonus'.

    In consonance with the season, I took the opportunity to pay homage to the Gods. "Buddham Sharanam Gachyami." The walk was delightfully enlivening - the city would also feel supported by a few of these lamp posts that gently dot the pathway. The gazebos reminded me of my childhood. But I could not summon the courage to go in and recollect. It was like a visual opera of pines and playfulness.

    We do not usually associate calm or tranquility with the sound of gushing water. This, however, is an expression that best fits my senses finding serenity as the pool water splashed into a waterfall in the midst of this 'ecological system.' I use the term 'ecosystem' very liberally.

    The Park Village Resort is spread across six acres of land in the foothills of Shivapuri National Park near Kathmandu City. A resort person describes it as a "classic example of the nature-tourism synergy." The resort does strike me as an almost complete universe of green flora. I spotted an eagle flying overhead. The lush hills draped with sinewy clouds seemed a fitting home for this winged protector.

    As we ate...

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    Last night EWB's Rock Crusher team met at The Shipyard in Berkeley to run a full system test of their first rock crushing prototype. Why rock crushing? Great question. The rock crusher was initiated by "A Single Drop for Safe Water," a Filipino non-profit that implements bio-sand filtration (BSF) manufacturing facilities in communities that need clean drinking water. In a few of the regions their working there is a lack of appropriate sized sand for filter media. This requires shipping in sand in order to construct the BSFs. (expensive) However, there is gravel sized river bed sediment available in these communities. If only they had a device that could crush down these stones into a size and shape suitable for the filter meda. Enter Engineers Without Borders. EWB began working with A Single Drop earlier this year and started prototype fabrication this summer.

    There's still a lot to learn about crushing rocks, but if the team is successful, this technology is also planned for implementation in Africa. Gemma Bulos, one of the founders for A Single Drop was also present at last night's session. Exciting stuff. More to come as the Rock Crushers continue to make progress....

  • I could be wrong, but there is no blog about this theme, coming from here... Brazil, most specific, Northeast of Brazil. Here, we have many opportunities to apply and develop the social design knowledge. Working with poverty and hard access communities, we´ve been applying tools that integrate the discipline; participation process, holistic vision, genre and etnic discussions, environmental questions, and others. I´d like to initiate, here in this blog, an interchange of informations about this expertise, and hear foreign oppinions. I hope that this discussion contribuite to us and other projects to build this discipline better and strong. You could see some social design project at our site overbrand design


    Education, Communication Design




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  • A Shifting Emphasis

    Education, Communication Design


    Great feature from Mariana Amatullo has been published on Core77 this month.

    "Let us seize this opportunity to advance design's potential for social impact. Let us seize on the optimism of a new generation of students by providing them with more choices for real-world exposure. Let us envision and embrace this vision of the future by providing a collaborative framework and the right tools and methodologies to put forward-thinking designers in the driver's seat of social change." - Mariana Amatullo, co-founding director of Designmatters.

    (Image: "This is My Home" by Cindy Chen, Graphic Design, a final poster from a transdisciplinary studio, instructors Martha Rich and Esther Watson, Illustration).

  • Make-A-Wish Philippines



    I've commissioned my designer/friend to give a submit a design for this foundation to print. its the first ever pro-bono project we have for YOCard last year.

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