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design and the elastic mind

What we’re witnessing today is the emergence of a singular design creativity. Taking their cues from sources as varied as nanostructures, biological systems, topography, and cosmology, designers are introducing new areas of study and influence to their field and endowing...
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Field research: February 2009

In early February we’ll be working in Felipe Carrillo Puerto and the area around the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve. We’re currently developing materials for a hands-on artisan workshop. The majority of this visit will be to familiarize us with this project,...
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ODID Program Model

The office of Design, Innovation, and Development promotes design thinking for innovation and development in an interdisciplinary and international context for entrepreneurial and sustainable projects. A locus for research, practice, and dialogue, this office advocates for the...
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Sian Ka’an Artisans

This project works to develop a culture and economy for sustainable handicrafts with the Amigos de Sian Ka’an (southern Quintana Roo). Project coordinator in QR: Elsa Torres Zapatafoci: design education, research, strategy, design 1 Creativity, Design Thinking, Design...
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the process of empowerment

The process which enables one to gain power,authority and influence over others,institutions or society. Empowerment is probably the totality of the following or similar capabilities:
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Social Capital & Social Business: The New Definitions

by Social Edge Muhammad Yunusin his book “Creating a world without poverty” defines two possible kinds of Social Business:
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Design for Development: Spring 2009

This course focuses on developing the skills necessary to work on complex social entrepreneurship and design research projects for social, cultural, environmental, and economic development in partnership with members of marginalized rural communities and other disciplinary experts.
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Terminology

Agency / A philosophical concept of the capacity of an agent to act in a world; Human agency is the capacity for human beings to make choices and to impose those choices on the world.
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making connections

It’s Wednesday (day 7). I followed up on three projects which are all going well. This trip has fostered progress and resolution.
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space resources

LOST VALUES explores the beauty and melancholy of craft to challenge the aesthetics and function of smart fabrics and this way emphasize the emotional value of keepsakes, garments and toys.
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Pantone Color Conversion

Great site that helps convert pantone colors to hex numbers and rgb colors so that we can use them on the web.  There is even a way to test it to see if it will work. http://www.goffgrafix.com/pantone-rgb-100.php
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Potter Devoted to Clean Water

Ron Rivera, Potter Devoted to Clean Water, Dies at 60 September 14, 2008 in the NY Times Mr. Rivera pioneered ceramic water filters that cut in half the incidence of diarrhea, a leading cause of death in the third world, especially among children.Read the NY Times Article.
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