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  • What would you ask Haruko Smith?



    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.

  • I'd love to hear Haruko's perspective on the DREAM Center program. Mainly I'm interested in hearing a few examples of children who have been a part of the program and the positive impact the DREAM Center had on their life in a specific way (that they would never have achieved without the programs.) Thank you for your consideration - you're doing amazing work!

  • This is exciting work that you are doing! I'm curious if there is an educational and/or an outreach component to this program, in which DESIGN21 members make contact with & engage the children being served. I'd also like to know if Haruko Smith envisions this initiative expanding beyond its current roles into more/new ones, and if yes, how? Thank you for your time & consideration.

  • What was the greatest challenge when starting your own non-profit, The September Concert Foundation?

    How long did it take to get things really going?

  • What are the biggest challenges of these programs involving children? Are they the same in every country/ place? How are they different (if they are)? Has Haruko done any programs in India? I am curious as I am currently doing a design thesis on this subject. Will be great to make contact with Haruko and seek a possible partnership.

    Thank you so much. Great great work!

  • I would love to know Haruko's strategy for getting kids and adults in post-conflict areas involved in creative projects, particularly if they haven't before had access to art education. What sort of materials does she use? Is it possible to get people making art if you're very far away (meaning the person initiating the program isn't actually on the ground in the post-conflict area). How does she approach people who may have been traumatized by war and violence and get them started expressing themselves creatively? And does she have any experience/thoughts about doing this sort of work in countries that are still experiencing war and violence?

  • is it just for especial people or nor" by the way thank you for all you done for world

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