Non-profit


Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI)

Hong Kong

Initiated by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI) convenes university expertise, curates cross-disciplinary projects, and constructs partnerships for social well-being and positive systemic change.

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Designing Out Crime research centre (DOC)

Sydney, Australia

The Designing Out Crime research centre (DOC) was founded by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), following a competitive tender process by the NSW Department of Attorney General & Justice (DAGJ).

DOC applies a ‘Design Thinking’ approach to find solutions to problems that have proved impossible to solve. Read More …

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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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Tandemic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tandemic is a social enterprise focused on helping the world progress through creativity and innovation. Our programmes include Makeweekend, which brings people together to build solutions to tough challenges like improving education and disaster relief, Do Something Good, Malaysia’s largest volunteering platform.

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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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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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Centre for Social Impact

Sydney, Australia

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is described as an “organization of system thinkers and creative innovators”. It creates positive, meaningful and sustainable systems change for the benefit of the Australian community and particularly for those disadvantaged as a result of complex, long-term systemic issues. The CSI takes a holistic, adaptive and systems-led approach to creating sustained and meaningful social change.

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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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Carpets for Communities

Mitpheap Village, Cambodia & Mandurah, Australia

Carpets for Communities is a non-profit social enterprise which aims to break the cycle of poverty through supporting education and sustainable development solutions. The project aims to offer immediate intervention, followed by a transition to a more sustainable solution through various micro businesses.

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Peace Innovation Lab

Nepal

Rural Innovation Lab set up a technology lab in Tansen, Palpa. The lab is equipped with basic prototyping tools and other relevant resources to enable community members (and entrepreneurs) to design low cost technology solutions that directly increase the impact of their enterprises.

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Financial Solutions for Post-Disaster Communities

Philippines

IDEO.org is the non-profit arm of design firm IDEO, working with a human centered design approach to shape products, processes and business systems. Their ‘Financial Solutions for Post-Disaster Communities‘ was initiated six months after the devastating Typhoon Yolanda. IDEO.org partnered with Mercy CorpsBanKO, and CauseLabs to explore how to help communities in the Philippines rebuild their financial lives through the use of mobile banking tools. They are continuing to design new financial products to support the financial security for the future.

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