A Better World by Design

Social Impact, November 12th, 2008

The Better World by Design Conference was hosted last week by Brown University and the Rhode Island Design Institute (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. I attended the conference as a speaker and was impressed that the event was entirely student organized and run. The conference drew about 200 people from the design industry, private sector, social sector, and academia. We heard from a good mix of practitioners, consultants, and researchers.

The conference mapped closely to IDEO’s Design for Social Impact initiative so it was very much in-line with the work we’ve been doing for the past year. Just as way of background, the purpose of IDEO’s design for social impact work is to cause transformational change in communities of need.

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