Blogs & Websites

Designers with do-gooder impulses:

AfriGadget – “Solving everyday problems with African ingenuity” (also en Español)

Appfrica – “Ideas, Development, Data and Design”

Appropedia – “The sustainability wiki”

AshokaTECH – “Technology and Invention for Social Impact” (dormant since 2011 but full of good stuff)

Catapult Design (blog) – news & developments from Catapult Design

design mind (by frog design) – “business. technology. design.”

Designwala – “a platform dedicated to understanding and creating awareness of design methods in the emerging world”

HEDON – “Household Energy Network” – “the leading knowledge sharing and networking NGO for household energy solutions in developing countries.”

Kiwanja.net – ”where technology meets anthropology, conservation and development” – a blog by Ken Banks of FrontlineSMS

Kopernik – a marketplace for technologies for development, low-income communities and the BoP (also see their blog)

Lifehacker – tips and downloads for getting things done

Low-tech Magazine – refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution

Make Magazine – “DIY Projects, Inspiration, How-To’s, Hacks, Mods & More – Tweak Technology to Your Will”

PRI’s The World: SciTech – podcasts and discussion forums on the latest in technology and science from PRI’s The World

Public Interest Design – Profiling the people, projects, and promise of a movement in the making. (design for social impact)

Technology Review (MIT) – “The Authority on the Future of Technology”

WhiteAfrican.com – a blog by Erik Hersman (a.k.a. @WhiteAfrican), founder of Ushahidi, AfriGadget and iHub Nairobi, about high-tech mobile and web technology change in Africa

Young World Inventors – on a mission to “find, film and fund people who are changing their worlds” (website & blog)

Do-gooders with design impulses:

Dowser – “Uncovering news and stories about social innovation and social entrepreneurship” (founded by author David Bornstein, student-run, great source of do-gooder news)

GOOD – “the integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good”

NextBillion.net – “Development through Enterprise”

PopTech (conference) – “world-changing people, projects and ideas” (also see their blog)

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) – “Ideas for Socially Responsible Businesses”

TechSoup (blog) – great knowledge, resources and stories from TechSoup, a global network dedicated to technology as an enabler for social change

TED Talks – “Ideas worth spreading” – video presentations from TED conferences and events around the world

Standard publications with frequent-to-occaisional design and do-gooder content:

FastCompany.com – “Where ideas and people meet” (technology, design, “ethonomics” and leadership blogs)

Gizmag – “New and Emerging Technology News”

Collaborative websites:

OpenIDEO – “Where people design better, together” – a collaborative platform for social innovation where anyone can add, critique, elaborate on and help refine design ideas for social challenges—new challenges added periodically.  By IDEO, one of the world’s leading social innovation firms.

Ashoka’s Changemakers – “Changemakers hosts collaborative online competitions to identify and connect the best social innovators and implementers. Participants compete to surface the most promising solutions, and then collaborate to refine, enrich, and implement them.”  By Ashoka, one of the first and most respected global champions of social innovation and social entrepreneurs.

Quirky – “social product development” – Quirky lets you submit product ideas (looks mostly commercial) to be evaluated and helped along by the community and Quirky staff.  If your idea is good enough, it could get produced with Quirky’s help. Designers and community contributors get paid for value added.

InnoCentive – “InnoCentive is the open innovation and crowdsourcing pioneer that enables organizations to solve their key problems by connecting them to diverse sources of innovation including employees, customers, partners, and the world’s largest problem solving marketplace.”  $ awards for solvers.  The interface could use some help, but it’s got big reputation partners, a lot of money given for solutions and looks like it has some good potential.

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