Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sami Nerenberg to teach new RISD studio: Design for Social Entrepreneurship!

The Rhode Island School of Design has asked our Sami Nerenberg to develop and teach a new course in RISD's industrial design department! Her answer? An innovative new senior studio: Design for Social Entrepreneurship. Reading the course description (below) it sounds like it will be an amazing and inspirational experience for the lucky RISD students who get to take her class. Makes me want to go back to school! We'll keep you posted as the course develops.

Design for Social Entrepreneurship (DeSE)
RISD Fall '08

A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.
This course aims to cultivate social entrepreneurial designers by investigating the power of product, system and service design to create positive social and environmental change. Looking at both international and domestic issues, this course asks, how can design and design thinking be used to solve the world’s leading problems to achieve triple bottom line sustainability—environmentally, socially, and economically? Structured around holistic thinking, collaborative and individual design work, with mentorship from experts in the field, this course uncovers how to design products and/or services, wrap a business around it, and create tangible positive impact in our world today.

>Sami's Blog

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Blu Homes

Our friends over at Blu Homes have just launched their new website!

"Committed to creating healthy, efficient, and ecologically friendly homes that respect your time and your budget, BLU is a new kind of home company." They produce a wide range of amazing prefab homes full of the latest green features and technology. With the capability to build in many different locations across the US, they are definitely a company to watch.

Look for Blu's VP of product development (Dennis Michaud) at the MoMA show "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling" which is starting this month.

Oh, and if you happen to love their logo, be sure to check out Grain!

>Blu Homes

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Brit joins wejetset editorial team!!

Grain's tireless adventurer and market guru, Brit, will be spreading the word on global markets for wejetset - a truely modern travel magazine. Check out her first post Market Culture: Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

Insider Grain info: James, Brit, and Chelsea first bonded on a trip to Guatemala as part of
Bridging Culture Through Design - Guatemala, a RISD sustainable product development program led by Mimi Robinson. You can read all about that program on treehugger here.

Remember to keep up with Brit on AVO:Market too!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Re+Vision is up and running!!

We are up and running - trekking across the city taking in art, design, and sunshine!! We are entering our third week tomorrow!! Check out our blog to see what we have been up to...