I just discovered Proud Mary (via Design*Sponge), a company that believes in the power of design to solve problems. Working with artisan cooperatives in developing nations, in the spirit of beneficial exchange of ideas and resources, Proud Mary markets unique handcrafted patterned goods. They're ticking all the sustainability boxes (people, planet, profit)!
Image from their South Africa collection.
Interesting article by Bruce Nussbaum discussing humanitarian design and imperialism.
"But should we take a moment now that the movement is gathering speed to ask whether or not American and European designers are collaborating with the right partners, learning from the best local people, and being as sensitive as they might to the colonial legacies of the countries they want to do good in. Do designers need to better see themselves through the eyes of the local professional and business classes who believe their countries are rising as the U.S. and Europe fall and wonder who, in the end, has the right answers? Might Indian, Brazilian and African designers have important design lessons to teach Western designers?"
And a response to his article suggests:
"The worst thing to do patronize low-income earners by succumbing to nationalistic and inward-looking design. Lets keep sharing, exchanging, and working together and enable the best designs to play out, regardless of origin."
Thanks to @whiteafrican for tweeting the links!