3) Introduction - How We Help
“Gaining a first-hand skilled understanding how the process should implemented around the world to challenge poverty, we have learned one simple thing; it is not simple.”
21st August 2017 - Introduction, Design for Need, Advising, Community
By Finn Brownbill
Hello again, you are now more than half the way through our introductory series of articles, it really means a lot that you keep coming back to hear more. Although, if I’ve just made it really awkward for you if you are coming in halfway without reading the previous two articles, sorry but don’t worry, they are still there if you want to check them out. Or if you just want to hear about how we help through our activities of ‘Advising’ and ‘Community’ then that’s also fine, because that’s what I will be telling you about in this article. Let’s begin before I alienate any more people shall we? Good.
Sustainable design in international development is an emerging field of design which is attracting a lot of interest in students, professional designers, charities and corporates. By studying this field of design and gaining a first-hand skilled understanding how the process should implemented around the world to challenge poverty, we have learned one simple thing; it is not simple. Sustainable design for international development is very unique and must be achieved respectfully in accordance to a specific criteria tailored to the communities that truly need help. This takes a holistic approach in dealing with the community as whole, recognising, social, political, economic, environmental and cultural factors which are extremely varied from community to community. This is where we come in. Design for Need offers a form of consultancy through our activity of ‘Advising’. Here as experts in design for sustainable development, we will teach, collaborate and raise awareness. As we want to value personal collaboration will primarily operate within the UK. Organisations that would be interested in these services may range from educational institutes and charities to companies who wish to branch out into wider markets. I must state this is a paid service, by which all of the money made will be used to facilitate project work. If you or someone you know may want to get involved in our ‘Advising’ service, please head over to our Advising contact page here.
Our final activity lies with our ‘Community’. Then again, we don’t want to take all the credit here, as this activity offers collective power. The ‘Design for Need Community’ is a self-organized network of people with a common cause; to improve the lives of communities facing poverty around the world through sustainable projects and collaboration. We’re hoping these like-minded people will collaborate with us by sharing ideas, information, and other resources. This community will be able to communicate through an online platform to discuss matters at hand, as well as organised meetings. With the value of collaboration, we will continue to involve those who want to make difference and help us in our achieving our goals. With more people in the community working for the common cause, this increases the chances of making a difference. There are also many advantages for the the individuals in the community as well. On a personal level, each person will receive positive recognition internally and externally for working for a good cause through our community. Through Design for Needs community, individuals will also get access to events we attend/host, thus promoting collaboration on all levels, not just through project work. By working for the common cause in Design for Needs community, individuals will be given a constant flow of information on our innovative projects and the future of developing design. We are currently developing our Community platforms. An announcement will be released in the coming months on this blog and our social media platforms. If you have a busy schedule and might forget about the commencement of our Community, then you can sign up to our ‘mailing list’ here and we can send you an email straight from the ‘get-go’.
Thanks again for reading this part 2 article on ‘How We Help’. Next article I will be talking to you about the how you, yes you, can help us. No, it won’t be a big red button with the word ‘donate’ on it, it will hopefully give you an interesting insight into our value of collaboration. As always, if you want to keep up to date with our introductory blog or just about anything interesting we want to post, feel free to follow our social media platforms.
See you soon,
A co-founder of a sustainable design company without any design experience. Sounds ideal right? Hey ho, that’s not why I’m here. I’m the chief editor of the blog and I do plenty more (non-design related) jobs too.