Socially Aware Design for a Purpose – Project Inspiration

Hi all, Struggling to be inspired or inspire - well here are some wonderful socially and ethically inspired recent design prodiucts which should get you thinking of some great ideas for upcoming projects to do in the IB Diploma. Remember projects especially the major project should come from the analysis of a situation and issues that are being faced - and I think these examples demonstrate this admirably! Students from the Royal College of Arts design a wearable dwelling for Syrian refugees ...

The u-turn

Last week I read an obituary for Christopher Koch the author of The Year of Living Dangerously. Koch’s novel was one of my favorite and frequently used reference books when I was teaching Indonesian history in high schools in Australia. Koch also wrote the first draft screenplay for the award-winning movie with the same title and which featured Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt in the lead roles The hero of that story was apparently loosely based on the life and ...

‘3 cups of tea….and a teaspoon of saccharine’

An imbroglio over fund raising and support for a service organization called 'Pennies for Peace' won't go away easily. This follows a recent news report on the CBS program “60 Minutes” that questioned the accuracy of a narrative that has inspired hundreds of thousands of people and helped to raise millions of dollars for the building of 54 schools in Afghanistan. The author of this non-fiction story is Greg Mortenson, a quiet and softly spoken IB alumni. He has addressed communities of ...