How To Use Third World Social Innovations To Solve First World Problems

I have recently come across two unique social innovation contests that are turning the idea of the white man’s burden (and design for the third world) upside down.

Design for the First World (@Dx1W) –

Design For The First World

Our fellow in the first world often give us their well-intentioned but often very problematic “solutions”. We thought, why don’t we pay back? Dx1W is a competition for designers, thinkers, artists, scientists, architects or anyone in the developing countries to provide solutions for the first world problems.

Evoke (@evokenet) –

Evoke Social Innovation Game

EVOKE is a ten-week crash course in changing the world.

It is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere.

The goal of the social network game is to help empower young people all over the world, and especially young people in Africa, to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems.

What’s not to love!

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