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D4D Initiative

As social designers, we work directly with people, in context—Indigenous artisans, farmers, and organizers—with cultural, social, and entrepreneurial initiatives and we explore ways design can be useful for people in this context.
  • Kuxtal Sian Ka'an
  • Gualberto Cazanova

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kanan honey / miel kanan

This summer we’re working on a project with Fundación Mexico-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC) to develop a union of local honey...
Date :18 May
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Kuxtal Sian Ka'an

Ak Kuxtal Sian Ka’an

“Ak Kuxtal Sian Ka’an,” (Kuxtal—Maya—that which gives us life; pronounced kush-tol), is a network of artisans established to counter the...
Date :27 Apr
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change is beautiful

An interview with Marcos Canté Canul, President of Cooperativa Xyaat in Señor, QR, México on working with D4D.
Date :14 Jan
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creativity workshop

We conducted this workshop with artisans in Noh-Bec, Quintana Roo, working with Ak Kuxtal Sian Ka’an.  
Date :22 Oct
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lol-balché honey

We began to work with Cooperativa Lol-Balché, a 41-member cooperative in Santa Elena, Yucatán in late 2006. In addition to selling wholesale,...
Date :21 Oct
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women artisans: tihosuco

Maya Handicrafts (Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, Mexico). The purpose of this project was to create a cohesive identity to help members increase...
Date :21 Jul
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social capital & social business: the new definitions

by Social Edge Muhammad Yunusin his book “Creating a world without poverty” defines two possible kinds of Social Business: Companies...
Date :12 Jul
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chichén itzá master plan for 2012

Plugging Yucatán into the Tourism Circuit: If Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco has her way, the State of Yucatan will become a series of...
Date :06 Jul
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na bolom chair, san cristobal

San Cristobal, Chiapas, México. Download the templates to build this chair made with no hardware and just two pieces of wood – true to the...
Date :25 Jun
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