How Design Can Be Used to Solve Global Problems

It is often thought that design only applies to the creation of gimmicky products and cute images, yet the most pressing challenges in the world can only be understood through a deeper meaning of design that includes how problems and solutions are analyzed and addressed.  In this video, I explain how design is essential for solving global problems — especially those that are most challenging and potentially catastrophic for humanity.

What do you think?  How can design be used to identify deficiencies in existing systems — be they financial, political, cultural, or what have you?  And once such deficiencies are discovered, how can design be used as a creative process for implementing social innovations that replace or update these deficient systems?

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