Kounkuey Design Initiative

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KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE (KDI) transforms impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact built environments (Productive Public Spaces) that improve their daily lives. Begun in 2006, KDI is an innovative international partnership specializing in the practices of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and urban planning. KDI believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable development.

Designing for Better Health


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In these uncertain times, a well-developed skill set is not enough. It takes ingenuity and talent to market a message to the masses - one that is personally identifiable and fulfilling an unmet need. This is what I aim to achieve in my work.

Bora Wear

According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Program, there are roughly one million unemployed young women in Kenya, who cannot find work in the formal or the jua kali (informal) sector. Given this massive problem, Bora Wear's goal is to sell production knowledge to motivated groups of girls, so they can develop their own manufacturing facilities of 5-10 individuals, what we call micro-manufacturing. Our focus is to make these groups both self-sustaining and capable of producing consistently high quality products.


1° 17' 43.8396" S, 36° 49' 15.8052" E

How Heart


How Heart ignites empathy in popular culture through the art of giving. We believe that by tackling how we give to others, we can enter the most important conversations to break down social barriers in our personal lives, work, and communities. We're a service inspiring empathy for positive change.


SILVR is a VR education platform that immerses students in cinematic, interactive experiences. Through this, we want to inspire students to go out into the world and make a real difference.

Bidean: Co-design workshops for mental health

The project consists of running co-design workshops with people with mental health problems. These workshops entail design-led methods that enable patient-need mapping and idea generation to address those needs. The workshops have a duration of 6 weeks and guide participants through models, brainstorming and role plays to help participants identifie problems and create design outcomes to address them.  


United Kingdom
51° 28' 43.5144" N, 0° 7' 15.4632" W


for profit

Strooder is a 3d printing filament maker. It produces inexpensive filament from raw or recycled plastic pellets. Provides cost benefit and customization of 3d printing materials as well as colour choice when being safe and easy to use.


nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

Improving the life of the homeless through quality design, sustainable architecture and cutting-edge technology. bB teams up with on-ground NGOs working with homeless communities and provides professional design expertise to build adequately designed shelters and a motivating living environment.

BetterSG (BetterSingapore)

nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

We help neighbourhoods in Singapore design community-owned spaces& solutions,by providing tools&methods;networks with creative professionals and individuals at the hyperlocal level.Our objective is to create designs that are fit-for-purpose,well-used and well-loved by the communities affected.

Livable Products


ROPE hope is spreading the intriguing story of reclaimed rope weavers around poor shipping areas in the Philippines. Old ship ropes are reused to create a continuous livelihood for local recycling communities. ROPE hope promotes the reclaimed rope materials by making a new range of, livable products


nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

A Fab Lab is a place where you can make just about anything.

We're running pop-up Fab Labs in libraries where anyone can learn how to use 3D printers, CNC machines, electronics and coding to solve problems and make new things.

This pilot is the first step towards a full-scale lab in Dublin.


nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

Creativity is no longer a elective to in the fast growing digital era. It’s the future. A creative house is the answer for young adults fending for their families’; a youth-centered, gender-sensitive, interactive and participatory training initiative is within



Bidean empowers people with mental distress to create design ideas to address adversities relating to mental health. Having experienced distress themselves, participants are uniquely prepared to identify their problems and ideate truly relevant design based solutions (things, places and services).

Graphics House

for profit

Graphics House sources talent from youth in the local communities to work on any graphical projects; affording youth an opportunity to generate a soft income for their graphical talent. The youth are all self taught and not graduates in the graphics field.


for profit

Yeboao provides graphic design services through online crowd sourcing. Providing clients with speed, variety, creativity, control, efficiency, quality, real-time update and flexible payment options from anywhere in the world. Hence creating jobs and improving the skill of local designers.

Twim Academy

for profit

Twim Academy is a school of media and creative arts located in Ibadan, Nigeria. Courses offered include photography, video production, website design, visual effects, graphics and computer basics. By teaching vocations and entrepreneurship, Twim Academy empowers young people to become self reliant.



K’angi means “Green” in otomí language, it is a project focused in the pillars of sustainability: people, profit and planet. We are developing the project in a community named “San José el Alto” creating furniture using scrap tires, and putting into practice the craft knowledge of the community.


nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector

Our vision is to empower space through collective action and sustainable practice. This means creating spaces which promote the sharing of ideas, community and food security. We plan to develop our idea into a consultancy providing sustainability design solutions for both existing and new spaces.


for profit

Hempitecture is a design+build startup that is using industrial hemp to create energy efficient & environmentally conscious building solutions. Currently constructing the first public use hemp building in the US, Hempitecture intends to develop and innovate within the green building sphere.


for profit

Societies around the world are separated from their food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are shipped from thousands of miles away, while meat is frozen weeks before it is consumed. Through unique Living Designs, GreenTowers creates self-sustaining ecosystems that foster a reconnection to food.

Run by Rural


Run by Rural is revitalizing global crafts by investing in human capital. We connect award-winning artisans to lucrative retail markets by uniting cultural institutions who identify talent with global retailers who purchase products. We restore dignity to the market and add value to tradition.

Project Trasholic

for profit

Project Trasholic focusing on turning business waste into reusable items.
Via recycle, reclassify, refine, redesign, remake, we can reduce lots of trash from business and turn them into value added objects which could apply into our business.

Kopila Nepal

for profit

Kopila Nepal is a fashion label producing stylish and unique fashion goods including bags, and accessories with recycled rice bags that have fed starving children at the orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Profit generated are funded to further improve the living and education of the children.

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Living Furniture | The table that grows your food

Living Furniture combines nature’s environmental design with contemporary furniture, to create a beautiful aquaponic end table.We believe that food can be grown anywhere.For the past two years, we have been asking ourselves what the world would look like if people grew their food at home. The answer was a healthier and more sustainable world.


United States

Monkey See Monkey Do


Kids love games, currently it is mainly gaming consoles.
New consoles are about to arrive that are Virtual Reality.
Virtual Reality based console games for these systems have incredible potential for education. Immersion, perspective and experience/practice are available in a way like never before


for profit

Butterflyfields offers innovative Learning-by - Doing Kits, in Science and Math, mapped to curriculum from 1st to 10th Grades. These interactive kits are designed around how children learn.The organisation has developed its own ‘Hands-on-Learning’ model that is most suited for the Indian schools.


for profit

ALBERO es un proyecto orientado al diseño de mobiliario y espacios infantiles que fomentan prácticas educativas integrales a través de la educación artística. Utiliza el diseño como herramienta que impulsa el desarrollo y aprendizaje de niños y niñas de una manera innovadora, interesante y creativa.

The bakan collage


Crear una aplicacion de realidad aumentada para dispositivos Android, con la finalidad de interesar a los alumnos por medio de modelos 3d interactivos referentes a sus materias.
Dando al profesor las herramientas necesarias para dar una clase en base a teorías constructivistas.



Look 100 times in side view mirrors while driving?
Want view of road at back?
What about the blocked road you will enter? Will you drive blindly?
Superview aims at providing vehicle users the present view of the road they are about to enter including vehicles present at that particular time.