While sitting in the parking lot of a BoJangles restaurant at 11 o'clock at night, I opened the link to Bruce Nussbaum’s recently published "Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism?" article on this very forum. You may wonder why I was squatting outside a fried chicken franchise, and the answer is simple: It is the only place, aside from the public school buildings, that has wireless Internet access in my home of Bertie County, North Carolina.
Bertie County, North Carolina. 27 people per square mile, 1 in 3 children living below the poverty line
Emily Pilloton's Design Revolution Road Show, the physical embodiment of her non-profit Project H Design rolled into New York a few weeks ago stopping at Metropolis, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and ICFF. Yes, Project H is hot in U.S. and European design circles, almost as sizzling as IDEO, the Acumen Fund, and One Laptop Per Child.
And why not? Emily’s Project H is a pure play in using design to do good. It doesn’t get better than this mission statement:
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While working to develop products like the Hippo Roller, a water transportation device, Emily Pilloton, founder of the non-profit Project H Design, began collecting examples of similar products that solved social problems. Her recently released book, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People features those findings. Featured here are sixteen examples from the book.