I was having a conversation this morning with my Supervisor on challenges of economic paradigms that Designers working in the public and social sectors face. So far, we have seen funded programmes such as Dott 07 enable Designers to work in these areas, but only a few have been able to build sustainable businesses to pursue and undertake work in such areas.
This blog post if for all the design students, independent designers and entrepreneurs out there looking to make an impact in developing and/or transition countries. The SEED Awards 2009 is something you might want to consider if you, "have an entrepreneurial and innovative idea that is locally-driven and has great potential to contribute to sustainable development in countries with developing or transition economies."
The award gives you, "A comprehensive package of tailor-made support services, worth up to $40,000... including access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing business plans and identifying sources of finance."
The deadline for applications is 16 March 2009, so get moving and visit the site here!