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Dx1W Competition: Third World Solutions to First World Problems

Nominated by Dawn Danby

My favorite project in a long time: Design for the First World

Design for the First World (Dx1W) is a competition for designers, artists, scientists, makers and thinkers in developing countries to provide solutions for First World problems: reduc­ing obesity; address­ing aging pop­u­la­tion and low birth rate; reduc­ing con­sump­tion rate of mass pro­duced goods; and inte­grat­ing the immigrant population. Per the competition website:

The Dx1W com­pe­ti­tion is addressed to the devel­op­ing coun­tries of the world: All cre­ative solu­tions depend on hav­ing a pow­er­ful idea. Whether it’s great resources, mil­i­tary, pol­i­tics or gov­ern­ment, power and size are not enough with­out hav­ing a pow­er­ful vision. The First World needs our ideas to solve their prob­lems. First World prob­lems demand Sim­ple Third World solutions. From today on The Third World will bring ideas to redesign the future of the First World.

Get your submissions in by this Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time!
The best designs and solutions will get a cash prize, be featured in a beautifully designed catalog, and shown in a gallery in NYC.

UPDATE: The new deadline is July 1, 2010.


Dawn Danby is a co-author of WorldChanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century and currently manages Autodesk's Sustainable Design Program, integrating sustainable thinking into the digital tools used by 9 million designers and engineers worldwide.


Editor's Note: This piece is part of Worldchanging's Attention Philanthropy campaign. All week long, the Worldchanging Network will be delivering "attention grants" to worthy projects, individuals, resources and more. You can learn more about these gifts of notice and find other entries by clicking here.

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Comments

Thanks so much for posting!!
Worldchanging is a true inspiration for me. One detail: the deadline is now extended until July 1st, 2010. A little bit more time for the people that just found out about it!
Thanks again!
Carolina


Posted by: carolina Vallejo on 26 May 10

Where will we send our submission? pls reply....


Posted by: Laarni on 27 Jun 10

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