Can Human-Centered Design "Fix" Humanitarian Aid?

Product designer and interaction designer working with Burmese farmer. Courtesy of Proximity Designs and

Design thinking has emerged as a new tool in humanitarianism. Proponents of the trend believe it can solve the problem long plaguing the aid community: that great ideas fail to be adopted in poor communities because they don't always take context into account. But are design's more inclusive methods still a kind of neo-imperialism? Is there a different way?  > More


GMOs and Junk Science

CREDIT: Margot Pandone.

Henry I. Miller, Kavin Senapathy

Henry I. Miller & Kavin Senapathy condemn the latest example of bogus research attacking the safety of genetically modified foods.


The Unfinished Sexual Revolution

CREDIT: Shuttersock

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter wants to shift the focus of the movement for women's equality to the role of men.


The Gift of Time

CREDIT: Shuttersock

Careful product design enabled Days for Girls to create a solution that empowers its users at a critical stage of their lives.


Climate Week Resource Picks

CREDIT: Das Sasha (CC)

Check out the top five articles we have published on climate-related issues in the last few months.


The Emperor And The Activist

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the People’s Climate March held in New York City. CREDIT: UN (CC)

Paul Steinberg

Sustainability is a not merely an individual choice, but a social choice, and frequently a political one, requiring that people work together and press politicians and others in positions of influence to promote the public good.


Can Mobile Technology Help Make Sustainable Business a Reality?

Credit: Ulula

Cornelius Graubner

How can we bridge the disconnect between the growing interest of business and finance in the sustainability agenda and more decisive action towards better social and environmental outcomes?


Reading, Writing, and Refugees

Syrian refugee in Lebanon. CREDIT: UNHCR (CC)

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown promotes an economical plan to educate Syrian and other children.


China and the Deep Blue Sea

Spratly Island. CREDIT: Storm Crypt (CC)

James Borton & Nguyen Chu Hoi emphasize the environmental impact of Chinese land reclamation efforts in the Spratly Islands.

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