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Steve Daniels

Providence, RI, United States

Member since October 14, 2008


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    Better x Design, an initiative at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, has announced a $3,000 seed fund for collaborative design projects. More information at betterxdesign.org.

    The Better x Design Seed Fund supports collaborative, interdisciplinary design/build projects that make a positive impact on the social or environmental state of the world. To be eligible for this grant, a project must demonstrate some form of collaboration, be it between a university and a business, two departments within a university, two businesses, or two entrepreneurs from distinct backgrounds. The collaboration should be interdisciplinary, as we must approach the world’s biggest problems from multiple perspectives in order to develop appropriate and effective solutions. The effects of the project need not be global and can affect any one or more areas. Both professionals and students are eligible. Please fill out this application together, with at least one representative from each collaborating entity.

    Currently, Better x Design has two $1500 grants to support projects.

    Applications are due December 19, 2008, at 5pm EST. Please email applications to seed[at]betterxdesign.org.

    Part I: Applicant Information & Abstract (1 page) Please list the names, occupations, institutions, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for all project participants. Also provide a summary of your project in no more than 200 words.

    Part II: Project Details (no more than 3 pages doubl...

  • A Better World by Design

    Poverty, Industrial Design

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    November 7 - 9 at Brown University and RISD in Providence, RI

    http://www.abetterworldbydesign.com

    A Better World by Design asks the question today’s designers, engineers, and economists should be asking. How can we use technology to improve the world? Hear answers from dozens of world-class professionals and academics in this milestone conference that will change the way you think about global crises and push the limits of user-centric, affordable design.

    Design is a powerful tool. It makes technology accessible to the masses. It sets apart innovative companies from also-rans. It is the single leading force in the modern creative economy. But a growing number of designers, engineers, and economists are suddenly realizing design's massive potential to make the world a better place.

    Of the 6.7 billion people on planet earth, half live on less than $2 a day. One third lacks access to basic sanitation. This is a problem of massive proportions. But most shocking is the realization that the design solution is simpler and cheaper than any product designed for the developed world.

    At the same time, we notice with increasing alarm the rapidity of environmental degradation. Climate change, deforestation, and pollution challenge designers to consider sustainability at the core of their practice. When approached with careful consideration, ecological design has generated some of the most elegant works of our time.

    What are designers doing to address these critical issues facing t...