A few months ago we wrote about, Point B Design + Training (pointB), which launched in Mawlamyine, Myanmar. pointB is setting out to tell a new story in Myanmar’s emerging democracy: they have goals intended to develop a new generation of makers who will lead change by tackling their community’s social issues. These change agents are 17 young adults who have completed their traditional schooling in Engineering, Education, Zoology, and some are even working in local government offices. They are looking to bring a new way of thinking to their work and community.
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What happens when you gather 10 designers from all over the globe, make them fly to three different continents in seven days, to focus on one complex social problem in the world?
Humanitarian work is rapidly evolving. As crises emerge and unfold, digital technologies and networked communities are changing the way information is collected, distributed, analyzed, and acted upon. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a comprehensive report on the impact of these technologies and made a powerful statement calling for “more diverse and bottom-up forms of decision-making – something that most Governments and humanitarian organizations are not designed for." With an abundance of information being produced around crisis events, there is a need to rethink how technology is used in support of humanitarian action.
This time last year, drones were a hot topic of conversation. The discussion focused on the military use of drones, which lead to widespread negative sentiment among the general public. It was also around this time that frog started exploring the positive potential of drones as a personal device for everyday people.
Sharing. Entrepreneurism. Coding.
What do these traits have in common? They belong to the designer of the future, according to a panel of experts gathered at frog Amsterdam in February to discuss the future designer.
The Oxygen Gap
Rwanda and Kenya experience an infant mortality rate that is eight to ten times greater than that of the U.S. The top six causes are all related to respiratory failure, and in many cases these deaths are avoidable if patients receive proper ventilation and oxygen. However, access to oxygen in east Africa is limited, expensive and unreliable.
On a daily basis, frogs email tidbits of knowledge in the form of a podcast recommendation or an article link. We're constantly listening to the musings around us and believe keeping a list of podcasts, articles, and magazines is beneficial to our intellectual diet. So, we decided to pose a simple question to frogs around the world: What do you read? Below you'll find a list of the top five books, websites, podcasts, periodicals, and blogs we consume and love.
What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.
We should expect another digital revolution, or two, or three. In fact, I would like to think we could plot them like stops on a subway line, or – introducing free will – cities on a map.