Design

Design that Matters

We are setting the standard for best practice in design for poor communities in the developing world.  We are pushing the limits of technology in rapid prototyping and low-volume manufacturing to bring great design to communities currently missed by commercial markets.

Maple Built

Salemtown Board Co. is a skateboard company that was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating jobs for young men in Nashville. The influence of the company has grown in the neighborhood and there is the desire to train and employ beyond what a small skateboard company is capable of.

Cucinelli Foundation

The “Brunello and Federica Cucinelli” Foundation was established by the Cucinelli family to spread and implement the objectives and ideals that over the years have taken shape and nourished the humanistic aspiration born in Solomeo, Italy.

See Better to

Learn Better

Behar is one of the country's top industrial designers. And for him, design is more than just a job, it's a lifestyle. He designed the offices of his San Francisco company, Fuseproject, and they stand as a sort of museum to all he's made. And yet, one of his proudest achievements isn't something he made for Prada or Samsung. It's a pair of five-dollar eyeglasses.

SunRay Kelley

SunRay's organic style seeks to retain the natural shape of trees used in construction.  His study of architecture and sculpture only reinforces his affinity for the organic forms found in nature, rejecting the rectilinear, artificial Western method of architecture.

Project H Design

We teach young people to design and build their future using heart, hands, and hammers. Project H uses the power of creativity, design, and hands-on building to amplify the raw brilliance of youth, transform communities, and improve K-12 public education from within.

Affordable Lighting

About 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without access to electricity. The majority of those – approximately 80% – live in rural areas where there is no grid-electricity, and expansion is largely financially and logistically infeasible. Our goal is to enable access to off-grid lighting and energy products for 250 million more people across sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, by catalyzing the market.

Labor behind the Label

Poverty wages, long hours, forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repression of trade union rights and short term contracts are all commonplace in the clothing industry. We raise public awareness and promote collective action from consumers to push for change in the industry.