At the end of March, Design Corps held their 14th annual conference, Structures for Inclusion surrounding the topic of confronting design processes to consider the broader social and economic well-being of communities and cities, to promote design for social good.
Design Corps helps to create positive change in traditionally underserved communities through design, advocacy and education. This is done through monthly training sessions, events and seminars in locations across the world, through hosting a Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) network, and through providing SEED certifications. This year their Structures for Inclusion conference was held on March 22-23 at Parsons The New School for Design. Uniting activists, designers, funders, policy makers and the public to address the most pressing design challenges of the world today, the conference focused on how integrate positive change design in their own practices.
Darren participates in conference
As a recipient of a SEED award for our Manica Football for Hope project, Regional Program Manager Darren Gill participated in the event, receiving the award on behalf of the project team and participating on a panel based on political ecology. Here is his report:
- ‘The conference was well attended with standing room only for a few of the panel sessions. Topics and speakers ranged across the disciplines and scales from Professor Mindy T. Fullilove’s rallying call about ‘planning to stay’, to fog catchers in Peru. The break out sessions were a great opportunity to involve more people and dig deeper into the world of Public Interest Design. There were a lot of familiar faces which allowed for good critical dialogue but probably also highlighted the need for PID to embrace a broader audience. I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the team, particularly Alina Jeronimo, Paulo Carneiro and José Forjaz. The award itself is dedicated to the memory of Nathan Jones who passed away this time last year while working on the Besongabang Football For Hope Centre in Cameroon which officially opened on the same weekend as the conference.’
We thank Public Interest Design for the honor of receiving the SEED award and for inviting us to this conference! SEED Award recepients. (Photo credit: Matt Kleinmann) Darren receiving the SEED award on behalf of the Manica Football for Hope project team. (Photo credit: Heather Ferrell)
|Darren speaking about the Football for Hope center. (Photo credit: Heather Ferrell)||Panel discussions followed each presentation block. (Photo credit: Heather Ferrell)|
Public Interest Design – Global, in Paris next week
Next week from April 18-19, Design Corps will be hosting Public Interest Design – Global, a free conference at École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. ‘This conference will provide participants from a wide range of international expertise–architects, agronomists, conservation ecologists, business, economists, public health officials, members of government–with a chance to study how design can add value and momentum as communities tackle myriad problems. Design can help defend equity by bringing creative solutions to real priorities, but only if we work in extraordinary interdisciplinary teams and across networks.’ Six projects that received the 2013 Public Interest Design Awards will be presenting at at this event. While ours are not in these top six, two of our projects (again, Manica Football for Hope and Kitakami ‘We Are One’ Market and Youth Center) were selected as honorable mentions for this award. Check out this free event and learn more about public interest design by registering here! Find and say hello to Program Coordinator Delphine at this event!
As a legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup, FIFA and streetfootballworld launched the Football for Hope program, with the aim of building 20 centers across Africa. The centers are managed by local NGOs, each having a specific program. All centers address health and education issues using soccer as a tool for development.