Thank you to everyone who participated in our interview series; you’ve helped to create a fascinating exchange between many different people who are all passionate about making a positive impact on the world through design.
For the conclusion of this series we invite you to pose questions for our director at DESIGN 21, Haruko Smith.
What would you ask Haruko? Nominate your questions by September 18.
Haruko Smith is the director of DESIGN 21, which began in 1995 as a collaborative design competition project between UNESCO and Felissimo, a Japanese design and merchandising company (see "Our Roots" here).
Haruko also oversees the UNESCO/Tribute 21 DREAM Center program, an arts education program for children – DREAM stands for Dance, Read, Express, Art, Music. The project was inaugurated in 2003 with the goal of providing underprivileged children, especially in post-conflict regions, the opportunities and tools to express themselves creatively. (See our "Mark of Dreams" logo competition brief, open now for entry, for more on this initiative).
Haruko also runs a non-profit organization of her own, The September Concert Foundation which, every year on September 11, organizes a global celebration of peace and universal humanity with free concerts in several cities and locations around the world.
What aspect of these projects would you like to learn from Haruko? Curious about DESIGN 21, the DREAM Center program, or what it takes to create your own non-profit?
Post your questions here by September 18 at 4pm EST.