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August 25, 2017
OUR MISSION: Improve health and livelihoods among disadvantaged youth WHAT WE DO: YLabs designs programs that address the key health challenges facing disadvantaged youth (10-24 years). HOW: We help governments and local organizations design, evaluate and scale new ways to improve young people’s health and economic futures.

5th EARTH ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION: Designing a Rural Arts Center for Senegal

July 17, 2017
OBJECTIVE The objective is to design a modern mud type to be built as a unit of a residential vocational school for unemployed rural youths of ages 16 to 25 years to undergo a 2-year skills development training in the vocational arts and design. We want the school plan to emphasize sustainable architecture and cost efficient construction. Thus, we want the buildings to fully integrate earth architecture and passive solar design. The challenge is to design one of the following types for the school: a classroom type, cafeteria type, office building type, dormitory type, group toilet type, cafeteria type, dormitory type, dwelling type for the local teachers, and guest house type for our international visiting staff. Contestants are to design the school type for construction by maximum use of earth and local labor. Total costs of constructing the design entry is not to exceed $10,000 (USD) for materials and labor. The construction site will be Diakounda village in Sédhiou Region of the Casamance in Senegal. The jurors will use judging criteria involving form, function and technical issues to select three prize-winning designs. Specifically, the jurors will award prizes for first, second and third place consisting of a commemorative certificate and cash prizes to the winning designs as follows: 1st prize - $1,000 or construction of design in Senegal plus a trip to Senegal for a workshop to build the winning design (in case the winner does not reside in Senegal and to a maximum of 1 person); 2nd prize- Construction or $700 and 3rd prize- Construction or $400. Honorable mentions will be awarded. Every design team that makes the Top 40 Entries shortlist will be offered the opportunity to build their design in Senegal or Gambia in collaboration with the project organizers. The fee per entry is $40 for individual and $60 for a team for early registration (July 13-31) and standard registration (August 1-October 13) is $50 for individual and $70 for a team. Here is where to register: . For additional information, see the competition discussion board: . Take the design-build challenge! Make your name known! Let’s create change where it is most needed. 


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Agenda28 is an impact design studio created at the Harvard Innovation Lab offering design strategy, brand identity, digital design and product design. The studio gives scholarships to talented designers from emerging economies where they work along with Agenda28's top designers to transform their design practice.

Coulson, Stuart

March 8, 2015
Stuart Coulson supports, advises and invests in for-profit and for-benefit enterprises in sectors ranging from web CRM to medical devices. At Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the he is a Consulting Associate Professor responsible for the business strategy track of the Design for Extreme Affordability course, as well as Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Lab. He is a Board member and Treasurer at D-Rev, a non-profit product development company that designs and delivers products to people living on less than $4 a day. Contact Info: Website:

JPB Foundation

March 6, 2015
To enhance the quality of life in the United States through transformational initiatives that promote the health of our communities by creating opportunities for those in poverty, promoting pioneering medical research, and enriching and sustaining our environment.

Ford Foundation

March 6, 2015
The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Our goals for more than half a century have been to: Strengthen democratic values, Reduce poverty and injustice, Promote international cooperation, Advance human achievement.

Kendeda Fund

March 6, 2015
The Kendeda Fund is a charitable giving program dedicated to exploring how human beings can relate to one another and to this planet more mindfully and use resources equitably. Through its grant making, the Fund is committed to examining two of the critical questions confronting humanity: How do we live within the limits of the natural world in ways that promote community, equity, and health? How do we redefine prosperity so that it leads to deeper contentment in our lives?

Ways and Means Toolkit

March 6, 2015
The Ways and Means Toolkit offers guidelines and best practices for integrating socio-economic resources within communities.


March 6, 2015
D-Rev designs and develops medical products for people living on less than $4 a day to improve their health and income. D-Rev drives social impact by researching, designing and developing products that are world-class quality, market driven and focused on the user.

Dorr, Pam

March 4, 2015
Pam Dorr is executive director of Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization which works as a catalyst for community development in the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty though economic development, community resources, housing education, and affordable housing construction.

Fabricant, Robert

March 4, 2015
Robert Fabricant served as vice president of creative at Frog, where he led numerous socially oriented initiative and projects such as Project Masiluleke which combats HIV and AIDS in South Africa. Fabricant is now leading the Design Impact Group which is focused on creative solutions to the root causes and complex systems that limit economic opportunity and human potential in underserved communities.

Koenig, Cynthia

March 4, 2015
Cynthia Koenig is Founder & CEO of Wello, a social venture reframing the water crisis as an opportunity by redesigning and producing the WaterWheel as an income-generating tool to lift their families out of poverty.

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