“Design is people”. Jane Jacobs
There are some design groups doing some interesting social work. I came across Design 21, a socially conscious design network whose mission is to inspire social activism through design. Design 21 is a social network that connects people who are interested in exploring ways that design can positively impact the world. This reminds me a lot of Bruce Mau Design’s Massive Change.
In case you were wondering (and pulled from their website).
Q: What is Social Design?
A: It’s design for the greater good.
We want to use the power of good design for greater purpose.
We believe the real beauty of design lies in its potential to improve life. That potential first manifests itself as a series of decisions that result in a series of consequences. The practice of social design considers these decisions on a greater scale, understanding that each step in the design process is a choice that ripples out into our communities, our world and our lives. These choices are the result of informed ideas, greater awareness, larger conversations and, most importantly, the desire to do good. Social design is design for everyone’s sake.