Design for the Common Good is a coalition of networks who are committed to design practice, education and research that improves social, economic and environmental outcomes for its users. We promote local accountability and maintain a global perspective. Design for the Common Good connects designers, students, researchers, collaborators and end-users, sharing best practice, stimulating and sustaining dialogue.
Four international networks have combined efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. While each network has a unique focus, we acknowledge our common ground: supporting the growth of design for the common good.
Our collaboration seeks to strengthen the confluence of forces needed to create truly healthy, resilient and sustainable design projects that will positively change in the world. We will work to bring together international constituencies to extend and connect conversations stimulated through a series of international conferences and awards.
Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network
The mission of SEED is that every person should be able to live in a socially, economically, and environmentally healthy community. We showcase design projects that demonstrate progress towards achieving this goal across the globe, and we share processes that demonstrate how designers are playing creative and innovative roles to implement these projects and measure their positive impact.
designbuildXchange is a network and an online platform dedicated to all stakeholders involved in academic DesignBuild projects. DesignBuild takes students from their studio desks into the physical world of human interactions and allows them to be physically involved in the materialization of their designs. The dbXchange.eu web platform provides tools for communication, collaboration and the exchange of scientific, practice related, sustainable and interdisciplinary knowledge. The network also fosters multinational cooperation and promotes research related to Design-Build activities.
Live Projects Network
Live Projects Network is an online resource to connect students, educators, collaborators, practitioners and researchers involved in live projects. The aims are to promote the use of live projects in education, share best practice, encourage dialogue and also contribute to the establishment of a theoretical basis for the study of live projects.
Pacific Rim Community Design Network
The Pacific Rim Community Design Network was launched following a working conference at University of California, Berkeley in 1998. Titled "Coastal Echoes: Democratic Design in the Pacific Rim," the conference brought together leading community design scholars and practitioners from Japan, Taiwan and United States. The purpose of the conference was to provide the practitioners and scholars working in the field of participatory design and planning across the Pacific Rim region with an opportunity to share and compare each other's experiences and advance their practice and research.
The Curry Stone Foundation
The Curry Stone Foundation (CSF) supports groups and individuals using design to build healthier, more vital communities. Its mission is to empower the practice of community-driven social impact design and ensure that its benefits are accessible to all. CSF actively advocates for the use of design as a tool for social change, especially in marginalized communities. In all cases, the Foundation encourages designers and communities to work in close collaboration. From 2007-2017, CSF awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize, an annual juried prize for social design. As a result, the Foundation built a significant, diverse network of social design practices from all regions of the world. It continues to support these practices and promote their work in order to inspire others.
Steering Committee Representatives:
Sergio Palleroni, SEED Network, Chair
Bryan Bell, SEED Network
Lisa Abendroth, SEED Network
Eric Field, SEED Network
Simon Colwill, dbXchange.eu
Peter Fattinger, dbXchange.eu
Ursula Hartig, dbXchange.eu
Nina Pawlicki, dbXchange.eu
Jane Anderson, Live Projects Network
Colin Priest, Live Projects Network
Chong Keng Hua, Pacific Rim Community Design Network
Jeff Hou, Pacific Rim Community Design Network
Leann Andrews, Pacific Rim Community Design Network
Clifford Curry, Curry Stone Foundation
Sandhya Naidu Janardhan, Curry Stone Foundation
Rohini Singh, Curry Stone Foundation