It's confirmed: the world is broken and it needs to be fixed. The economy is hurting, the world is warming, and people are in need abroad and at home. What can we as designers and as individuals do to help make the world a better place? How can businesses afford to be philanthropic when the focus has been on maximizing value for shareholders? How can design be part of the solution rather than part of the problem?
Based on her work with Architecture for Humanity and the Open Architecture Network [OAN], the California Academy of Sciences, Once Upon a School, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — and collaborations with partners such as Sun Microsystems, the TED Prize and author Dave Eggers — Maria will present tools and techniques for building online communities, strategies for extending your reach with existing social media platforms, and how design can be the great differentiator for non-profits and cause marketing.