Social Design Network
Design 21: The Social Design Network showcases some inspirational projects worth checking out. Some, like the One Laptop per Child project have been on the public radar for a while now, but many are more obscure. The site asks, “are you a socially conscious designer, non-profit, individual or organization who believes social change can happen through design?”
Here’s how they frame the collaboration:
We came to recognize the need for a network that might bridge the gap between the organizations that support causes and the people with the design expertise to provide smart solutions.
We’ve got to get past the image of the benevolent designer handing down solutions from on high; it’s a little too product-focused and top-down to be considered service design. But any uptick in the understanding that design can impact broader social problems is a good thing.
See also, Social Design Site.