Volunteer groups from the Portland Fruit Tree Project harvest urban trees whose fruit would otherwise go to waste. Spot all the fruit trees in your neighborhood using Google Maps and add the fruit collection date to your calendar.
San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program that provides youth with paid work experience in city departments to develop their readiness for work and promote interest in public service careers.
Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film "Ikiru" ("To Live") is about a lowly bureaucrat who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and dedicates his remaining time to accomplishing one worthwhile achievement before his life ends. What is my Ikiru project?
The Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibition features sixty projects, proposals, and solutions that address the complex issues arising from the unprecedented rise of informal settlements in emerging and developing economies.
ExperiencePoint developed Design Thinker in collaboration with IDEO. During the half-day workshop, competing teams use the terms, techniques and thought patterns of design thinking to solve a realistic and complex challenge.
Gamestorming is a set of best practices compiled from the world's most innovative people and companies, condensed into a lightweight, low-tech toolkit that applies tools and rules to the problems of collaboration and teamwork.
EarthBoxes are a highly efficient, foolproof method of growing tomatoes suitable for crowded urban areas. Children can easily set up EarthBoxes and grow some of their own food, organically promoting better nutrition for themselves and their families.
Gaetano Borriello leads the Open Data Kit project (http://opendatakit.org) that seeks to develop a suite of mobile tools for community health workers in East Africa to use in both clinic and home-visit settings.
The knowledge and networks needed to quickly raise the quality of sanitation and jump-start eco-friendly businesses have reached critical mass. Let's leverage best practices from all over the globe to restore dignity to a core human need.
Highly efficient methods of growing food locally, like sub-irrigated planters, drip irrigation and simplified hydroponics, already exist and enjoy grass roots adoption. The challenge is to help spread these practices to people who need them the most.
India is awash in kid entrepreneurs. Help them succeed better using the IDEO HCD toolkit or the Stanford d.school Design Thinking Workshop as a foundational curriculum. Connect them to each other with the internet and used smart-phones. Let them teach other kids by organizing their own TEDx conference.