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Designing Empowerment : Design Thinking For Social Impact

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"This paper examines the efficacy of using design as a tool for empowerment, especially to achieve millennium goals for the poor sections of society. It examines the critical components of the Design thinking and how it can be applied to any scenario with specific focus on the emerging economies to show case its true potential. The paper makes a case for using Design Thinking as a tool for empowerment of poor. The majority of humans who currently do not fall into a market segment, a user group or a “VOC” data set. They make less than two dollars day and survive. The paper demonstrates how design thinking incorporates invention with emotion, innovation with empathy and consumption with passion for environment as well respect for all the stakeholders."


PUBLISHED: Proceedings from the The 18th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, 2012


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