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Welcome to the 2015
Design Science:
Global Solutions Lab

June 21-29, 2015

Human Rights and Human Development:
Eliminating Extreme Poverty
by 2030

Sign up for the 2015 Lab

—Where design changes the world—

Where your vision, values, critical thinking, and creative imagination combine with a global, whole systems perspective and a problem solving and strategic planning methodology that leads to informed, effective action for changing the world.

—Where emergency leads to emergence—

   Where YOU make the difference.

the design cycle


What the Lab is:

Students and young professionals from around the world* are coming to the 2015 Lab. They will be briefed by UN experts (from the UN Development Program, UN Environmental Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and other UN agencies),** develop comprehensive strategies for solving some of the world's most critical problems, and then present their work at the UN. They will learn a powerful strategic design and planning methodology that will be of use for the rest of their life, as well learn about leadership, problem solving and the design revolution. They will learn about global problems, options, technology, culture, resources and what they can do to make a difference. They will meet others with similar passions about the state of the world— and what we can do to make things better.

The Design Science Lab is where solutions to global and local problems are developed— by you. Read more

* Previous Lab participants have come from Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Georgia, Lithuania, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, India, Pakistan, Palestine, Ukraine, Lithuania, Sudan, Nepal, Turkey, Venezuela and all over the U.S.

** UN presenters have included:
Kathleen Abdalla, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Dr. Richard Alderslade, World Health Organization/Senior External Relations Officer, Health Policy
Mandeep Bains, Senior Policy Advisor/UN Millennium Campaign
Nazim Benchikh, Youth Program Fellow, United Nations Population Fund
Suzanne Bilello, UN Education, Science and Culture Organization
Marcia Brewster, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sustainable Development Division
Margaret Carrington, UN FAO, World Food Programme
Florence Chenowith, UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Albert Cho, UN Development Programme
Elisabeth Clemens, UN Development Programme
Ramu Damodaran, Chief, Civil Society Section, United Nations Department of Public Information
Ilaria DiMatteo/ Chief, Energy Statistics Section/DESA
Ellen Gustafson, UN FAO, World Food Program
Arunabha Ghosh, UN Human Development Report, UN Development Programme
Shamina de Gonzaga, Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly
Donna Goodman, Program Advisor/Water, Environment and Sanitation Section, UNICEF
Patrick Haverman, Project Manager Millennium Village, Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme
Patrick Hayford, Director, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, UN Development Programme
Liz Hallett, UN World Food Programme
Bashir Jama, Millennium Villages Project, United Nations Development Programme
Kefilwe Koogotsitse, Youth Program Fellow, United Nations Population Fund
Karoly Kovacs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Environment, Energy and Industrial Statistics
Julie Larsen, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Program on Youth
Jennifer Longo, UN, Visitor’s Services
Bettina Luescher, Spokesperson, World Food Programme
Changu Mannathoko, UNICEF, Education Section
Mathew Mcilvenna, UN World Food Programme
Giorgia Passarelli, Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights
Gonzalo Pizarro, Policy Specialist on Water Resources, United Nations Development Programme
Mary Roodkowsky, Special Advisor for United Nations Affairs, UNICEF
Guido Schmidt-Taub, Associate Director UN Millennium, Project/The Millennium Village
Vanessa Tobin, United Nations Children’s Fund
Broddi Sigurdarson, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Jim Sniffen, Programme Officer, UN Environment Programme
Leonardo Souza, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Friedrich Soltau, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Sergio Vieira, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Social Perspective Development Branch
Lucy Wanjiru/UNDP Gender Team
Carol Welch, U.S. Coordinator, Millennium Development Goals Campaign/ UN Development Programme
Gregory Woodsworth, UN Development Programme
Bill Yotive, UN Department of Public Information

Who it is for:

Students from college and high school as well as teachers and young professionals from around the world.


June 21 - 29, 2015


Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and
United Nations, NY


Human Rights and Human Development: Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030

What you will learn, do, and get:

  • You will learn a problem solving and planning methodology, developed by Buckminster Fuller and other scientists and designers, that will be of use to you the rest of your life
  • You will learn about critical global problems that impact the lives of everyone in the world, as well as the opportunities associated with these problems, and what we can do to change the current situation
  • You will work collaboratively with other participants from around the world on designing real world solutions to a critical real world problem
  • You will be briefed by United Nations staff and other experts on global problems and opportunities
  • You will present you work to a team of UN and other experts
  • Your work will be published as a book
  • You will receive a comprehensive digital collection of the latest reports from the UN and research organizations around the world on the state of the planet (over $1,000 worth of reports and studies on energy, climate change, the global economy, food, and many other topics).
  • You will work very hard and have fun doing it.

Skills Covered

  • Problem Solving
  • Design Science and Strategic Planning
  • Collaborative Research
  • Information Visualization
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Public Speaking
  • Team Building
  • Leadership
  • Taking initiatives
  • Critical Path Scheduling
  • Fun under stress

Special Sessions

  • The State of the World 2015 and 2020
  • Globalization 101: Forces Shaping Our Future
  • Global Environmental Systems
  • Global Energy Systems
  • Global Food Systems
  • Global Water Situation
  • Youth Leadership
  • Strategic Design and Planning
  • Buckminster Fuller and Design Science
  • Global Problems/Local Solutions & Local Problems/Global Solutions
  • The United Nations and Global Well-being
  • Building Peace Through the Design Revolution

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“The most astonishing thing about Spaceship Earth: it didn't come with an operating manual."

—Buckminster Fuller


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