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February 5, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Bottom of the Pyramid, Humanitarian Design, and Development Organizations

I borrowed this list from the back of Design for the Other 90 Percent. What an inspiring, helpful, and well designed book. You will note that probably just 25% of these organizations are directly concerned with design (however another 50% are concerned with development issues, which have design based concerns in the bottom of the pyramid context). However, I think its a great list for those in the design communities who want to connect with socially conscious designers and development professionals.

AIGA Aspen Design Summit
Architecture for Humanity
CARE
Design Corps
Doctors Without Borders
Industrial Designers of America
International Fund for Agricultural Development
National Endowment for the Arts
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
New Orleans Wiki
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Oxfam America
Rolex Awards for Enterprise
UNICEF
UNIFEM
United Nations
Urban Institute
US Census Bureau
World Bank
World Energy Council
World Health Organization
World Revolution
World Wildlife Fund

For more base of the pyramid resources and strategic social enterprise and micro entrerprise to solve poverty.

You can also check out Design for the Other 90 Percent at the Copper Hewitt. More to come!

Update: Project H Design should probably be added to the list of BOP designers. You can learn more from this design conference video featuring Emily Pilloton humanitarian product designer and founder of Project H Design. (I’m looking forward to reading her sustainable design manifesto as well as the design accord for sustainability)

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