Environment


VEIL – Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab

Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) seeks to identify and promote emerging technical, social and organisational innovations that could form part of future sustainable systems. VEIL creates conditions to research, envision, innovate, create and test, ideas and concepts for sustainable, desirable and realisable products, services, built environments and lifestyles.

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Enspiral

Wellington, New Zealand

Enspiral is a network of professionals who cooperate to guarantee they do meaningful work. Each of their ventures tells a story of collaboration sparked from like minded people coming together. Their strategy, structure, funding model (a portion of profits goes towards projects for social impact) and the products and services that they develop, has been designed to ensure positive social outcomes. 

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Critical Pixels Design Ltd.

Auckland, New Zealand

Critical Pixels Design Ltd. is a company focused on using open source solutions to meet the needs of local communities, through design and 3D Printing. The aim is to have a process in design work that encourages starting from scratch in order to best match a creative need to a creative solution. Their designs are dynamic, future thinking and empowering.

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The Lien Centre for Social Innovation

Singapore

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation is a partnership between the Lien Foundation and Singapore Management University (SMU), established in 2006 to advance the thinking and capability of the non-profit sector. Based in Singapore, the Lien Centre seeks to enable global thinking and the dissemination of best practices related to social innovation in Singapore and beyond. Read More …

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DESIS-lab Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

DESIS-lab Melbourne is a space to talk, share ideas, approaches and opportunities. This enables to think differently, be inspired, be excited and hopefully tackle the various ‘wicked problems’ we encounter in work/lives in a more effective way.

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Ground Up Initiative

Singapore

GUI – the Ground-Up Initiative, is a non-profit organisation located in Singapore. It began as a small group of people bound by the desire to be the change that they want to create. The aim is to search for answers in how people can live within urban landscapes and adopt a social and ecological harmony with the Earth.

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COLOURS collectively ours

Singapore

The company name COLOURS is actually a combination of two words “Collectively Ours”. As implied by the name, their envision design practice to not only involve but empower the community and raise the sense of ownership. They work with clients to facilitate community dialogues that produce user-centric design. The mission is to design urban spaces through community participation, based on our core values of diversity, flexibility and empowerment.

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design for – Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

design for is a non-profit organisation, founded by Professor Nanci Takeyama from Nanyang Technological University. It is an open platform for collaborations on social design projects. The name ‘design for’ is a catalyst for the possibilities of design with a humanistic view. The members of ‘design for’ intentionally focus on designing for good, for people, and for cultural preservation.

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Opportunity Lab (O-Lab)

Singapore

Opportunity Lab is an interdisciplinary collective of faculty and research staff seeking to enhance the way people design for social change.

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Re:public

Tokyo, Japan

Re:public Inc., is not just a design firm nor a research agency, but a Think & Do tank specialized in architecting innovation ecosystems in an organization, a society, or a nation. When problems are becoming increasingly complex beyond the control of a single entity, we take a systemic, human-centered approach to understand the issues and build innovation capacity to act.

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Studio L

Osaka, Japan & Yamagata, Japan

Studio L undertakes approximately 80 design projects aimed at rejuvenating communities ranging from villages of just a few dozen residents and regional cities to some of the biggest commercial facilities in Japan. In contrast to other approaches that aims to reverse the population exodus or revive local economy, the co-founder Yamazaki tackles these issues through ‘community design’

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Design for Disasters

Bangkok, Thailand

Design for Disasters (D4D) was established in 2010. It consists of young designers, artists, and academics. Public participation is also welcome in sharing ideas and find long-term solutions for everyone to be prepared for natural disasters, particularly those resulting from extreme weather, which may attack the city any moment.

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The 5000+ Project

Adelaide, Australia

The Australian Government in partnership with IDCSA (Integrated Design Commission of South Australia) funded The 5000+ project through an integrated design strategy for inner Adelaide. The aim is to be a national model for designing, planning and building Australian communities in a more unified way for better living.

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The Field Institute

Melbourne, Australia

The Field Institute is an output from the OpenIDEO Challenge in 2010. A design-led research, communications and strategy office focused on the food and agriculture sector.

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Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB)

Melbourne, Australia

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a not-for-profit organisation to design systemic change through humanitarian engineering. Their main aims are to work in partnership to address a lack of access to basic human needs such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene, energy, basic infrastructure, waste systems, information communication technology and engineering education.

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InSTEDD’s Innovation Labs

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

InSTEDD’s (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters) Innovation Labs undertakes innovation, research and consultancy with a focus on collaborative technologies for social good. Each iLab promotes cross-sector collaborations that bring people together to explore solutions to regional health, safety and development problems.

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Kamworks

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Kamworks is a social enterprise. Their vision is not only to develop new products in Cambodia, but also to assemble locally, thereby bringing technology, jobs and spare parts to the country. This way, they truly help to build a solar market.

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Empower Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Empower Lanka, is a youth led social enterprise that aims to literally empower Sri Lanka with electricity which nearly 20% of the population has no access to. Part of the Global Changemaker, the tag line is “Powering Sri Lanka, One Village at a Time” and hopes to achieve the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty through the spread of electricity while promoting renewable energy among the community.

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