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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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First day in Mexico

I didn’t really know what to expect getting into Mexico yesterday. Maria kept telling us to write down our expectations, but every time I...
Date :09 Feb
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february 2009 fieldwork

Arrived in Cancún yesterday afternoon. It was a good trip – smooth, uneventful in terms of travel, and very pleasant. I attribute much of this to...
Date :07 Feb
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Field research: February 2009

In early February we’ll be working in Felipe Carrillo Puerto and the area around the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve. We’re...
Date :26 Jan
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ODID Program Model

The office of Design, Innovation, and Development promotes design thinking for innovation and development in an interdisciplinary and...
Date :22 Jan
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Sian Ka’an Artisans

This project works to develop a culture and economy for sustainable handicrafts with the Amigos de Sian Ka’an (southern Quintana Roo)....
Date :19 Jan
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the process of empowerment

The process which enables one to gain power,authority and influence over others,institutions or society. Empowerment is probably the totality of...
Date :09 Dec
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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:
Date :09 Dec
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Design for Development: Spring 2009

This course focuses on developing the skills necessary to work on complex social entrepreneurship and design research projects for social,...
Date :08 Dec
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Terminology

Agency / A philosophical concept of the capacity of an agent to act in a world; Human agency is the capacity for human beings to make choices and...
Date :30 Nov
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