Designers Wanted: Join a Think-and-Make-Tank for Soul of Africa

Oxford University's Said Business School is running a sort of Peace Corps for designers. Writes Lucy Kimbell, Clark Fellow in Design Leadership:

We need up to 10 designers who want to use their design practices and skills to help social enterprise Soul of Africa tackle some of the challenge facing it, during a one-day workshop in Oxford in collaboration with MBA students.

The workshop is a participative, creative "think-and-make-tank" that brings together people from management and from design to use visual methods to analyze and tackle specific problems identified by an organization. MBA students from Said Business School will be joined by designers from different disciplines to help social enterprise Soul of Africa engage with key challenges.

Soul Of Africa is a charitable initiative and a self-sustainable project created to facilitate employment and funding aimed at helping orphans affected by AIDS through the sale of hand-stitched shoes. Unemployed and unskilled women in South Africa are trained to hand-stitch shoes, giving them the self-empowering ability to feed their families and provide them with essential health care.

Download more details here.

What we are looking for

Designers (recent graduates, current MA or BA design students, and design professionals) are invited to take part. Ideally, we'd like a mixture of people from these backgrounds:

- visual communication
- product/industrial design
- service design
- interface design
- fashion
- design management

How to get involved

To apply, send an email to Lucy Kimbell at lucy.kimbell@sbs.ox.ac.uk to arrive on or by Friday 20 March 2009.

The email must include

- your name and contact details and any institutional affiliation
- your design discipline (eg product, visual communication)
- up to 150 words on why you want to participate.

Successful participants will be contacted by Friday 3 April at the latest. Reasonable travel expenses to Oxford (standard class return, UK travel only) will be reimbursed to those who attend the workshop, on the production of a receipt.

The Design Leadership blog is here.

Via Core77

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REVDAN8 years ago
I'M OUT TOO! MECHANICAL DESIGNER 25+ YEARS. EXPERIENCE DESIGNING INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION MACHINES AND FULL TURN KEY PRODUCTION LINES FOR EVERYTHING FROM AG TO PHARMA. DESIGNER FOR TOP KNOWN COMPANIES THRU SUBCONTRACT ENGINERRING COMPANY. WORKED ON LEAR JETS. GRADUATED MILITAY MACHINST SCHOOL, MORE THAN PROFICIANT IN SEVERAL 3D PARAMETRIC CAD SYSTEMS. SEVERAL POSITIONS OVER THE YEARS SITTING IN ENGINEERS POSITIONS. ONE FOR TEN YEARS. OH WELL, YA KNOW- WHERE I HAVE BEEN IN MY LIFE, ANY ENGINEERING GRADUATES ARE CALLED EDUCATED IDIOTS FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS, TILL THEY HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO BE USEFULL. MOST COMMING OUT OF SCHOOL CANNOT DESIGN THIER WAY OUT OF A PAPER BAG! WHY DOES EXPERIENCE COUNT FOR SO LITTLE WHEN MOST OF THE INVENTIONS THAT GOT THIS COUNTRY GOING AND KEEP IT GOING ARE NOT FROM HIGH DEGREED INDIVIDUALS, BUT FROM THE NATURALLY TALENTED. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE A LOT OF US WHO WOULD CONSIDER HELPING AND WHO COULD MOST LIKELY DO THE MOST GOOD WITH APPLYING THIER IDEAS WILL BE OFFENDED ENOUGH TO BLOW YOU OFF AFTER THIS, EVEN IF YOU DO CHANGE, BECAUSE THIS SHOWS THE MENTALITY OF THOSE IN CHARGE HERE!
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Kiteman8 years ago
Only graduates? Isn't that restricting things a bit? They ought to send a couple of talent scouts to the UK Maker Faires coming up.
Designers (recent graduates, current MA or BA design students, and design professionals)

Leaves us amateurs in the dust, notwithstanding the distance problem also :-)
PKM Goodhart8 years ago
I read that as "grads OR current students OR professionals"- I guess they are thinking if you have been working in the field for a while your experience will be as valuable as a degree. If you don't have a degree or professional experience in the field... then you probably aren't the droid they are looking for.

Although my interface design senses tingle every time I see a shop worker fighting with a badly-designed till interface I don't think I'm the sort of designer they want either. Oh well.