do you know the Kohala center on Hawaii?
They work community based, but with a holistic approach to basic and applied research in education, sustainability and ecological living . Maybe you find here an example you are looking for?
all the best - and good luck with a very interesting approach to a design-conference!!
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On Sep 18, 2011, at 10:02 PM, Jean Schneider wrote:
> For the conference that I am organising next January in Paris, and that some of you already know, I would be very grateful if you could help me with the following.
> I would like to devote a day to the "big picture" : it has been a strange year, with Fukushima and the (un)sustainability of our energy production, the Arab "revolutions", the economical collapse of Europe etc. Nothing that has so much to do, in direct terms, with design as we deal with it on a daily basis. But not anything that the profession can ignore either, as they are likely to reshape societies in deep.
> Quite close in fact, to the approach of Mau and the Institute without boundaries that gave birth to the book "massive change".
> So the question is : do you have in mind any initiative that :
> 1/ has been designed to address one societal challenge (not a technical one, unless there is a scale effect), whether it is local or regional or even broader is not important,
> 2/ is built on a paradigm that, in your view, embeds some kind of "design thinking" (lets keep it loose here) : e.g. in its development (participation, for instance), its governance, its economical model etc.;
> 3/ has achieved some results and is sustainable.
> I'd be grateful if, in such case, you could give me some information (e.g. website, contact person...).
> Best regards,
> Jean Schneider
> Chargé de projet APCI / Project manager APCI
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