Antilles Economics - From the Minds of Marketers

In our second interview with influential marketers in the Caribbean, we speak with Giselle Carr, Partner with Abovegroup. Founded in 2001, Abovegroup has grown to become one of the most respected and forward-thinking design consultancies in the region, with a reputation for the consistent delivery of beautiful, memorable solutions.

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The Power of Inclusive Design Leadership to Influence how Societies Flourish

Over the past sixteen years, design strategy firm Abovegroup has been a sanctuary of big ideas and a driver of sophistication for building powerful brands. Featured in Catalyst magazine and Massive Change Network news, this article delineates how their practice has evolved from leveraging strategic design for economic value to positioning ‘design for inclusivity’ as a metric of success in the Caribbean.

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A Conversation with Bruce Mau: Re-Thinking the Role of Design in Shaping Our Future

In this interview, Mau discusses how we live and the structures we have created to support our life styles. He reminds us that “design is invisible until it fails” and calls for rethinking the role of design in creating the good life and in shaping a better future. He discusses the underlying and unavoidable links between design and economies that must support and sustain nine billion souls.

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Life-Centered Leadership Development - Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Traditional leadership development methodologies do not provide a practice field for cultivating spirit or connecting the spirit of enterprise to the realities of a world of resource constraint and urgent need. This paper proposed such a practice field, and presented the methodology at Spirituality in Management Conference at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. 

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Why Design Education Matters Now

It is difficult to define the good life in a way that honors the very different traditions of the world’s people. But the good life today cannot beggar the children of tomorrow. Design plays an important role in creating a pattern of purchases and behaviors. This article explores design education and whether designers are educated to responsibly shape the good life.

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Infographic Design - Education and the Good Life

In researching the particular ways that children are vulnerable in school environments, their learning stimuli and the various elements of a sustainable school, it became clear that while initiatives like the Center for Child Honoring exist, it is a process of steps that will move the cycle forward, and create a good life through education, one child at a time.

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Environmentalist David De Rothschild's Voyage to Save Our Oceans

In March 2010, Adventure Ecology founder and environmentalist David de Rothschild and his intrepid crew set sail on an ocean adventure of unrivaled proportions. The journey took them over 11,000 nautical miles across the Pacific in a boat made almost entirely from plastic bottles. The Plastiki has been on a mission to beat waste, not only as a product or outcome, but also as a system for how strategic design can re-imagine definitions of the “good life”.

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Infographic Design - Wellbeing of Children Around the World

This series of infographics focuses on indicators of the wellbeing of children in the US and around the world, such as health, education and play - combined with other activities, has a profound impact on cognitive and social development. This infographic was designed to show the percentage of children in the US that participated in various after school activities, and the effects that these activities have on them.

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