Musings from George

Doing good things through technology
April 28, 2011, 8:57 pm
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A good friend at MIT asked me if I could help her raise money for a good cause. She has only asked me for help a few times in my life, so I am inclined to do a lot to help when she asks. If you are reading this, it’s probably because you know me and I am asking you to consider what you have done to make the world a better place today, this month, and this year. If you haven’t done what you wanted to, or what you could have done, consider enabling her to help people build better lives through technology — her life’s passion.
Her direct request:
Each year since 2007, dozens of people from all over the world and all walks of life have come together at the International Development Design Summit to create technologies and ventures that improve the lives of people living in poverty. Many IDDS participants come from such communities. This year the 5-week event will be held in Ghana, where diverse international teams will collaborate with villagers and local artisans to design and develop technologies and business models for projects that will increase the productivity of small-holder farmers, improve the health of children and youth, provide clean energy solutions and generate income for micro-entrepreneurs. To guide the effort, top teachers from institutions such as MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Colorado State University, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, as well as experts from design firms such as Cooper Perkins, Design Continuum, and IDEO volunteer their time and resources to mentor the teams through this process.
IDDS not only focuses on developing sustainable technologies and ventures during the summit, but we also seek to have a lasting impact by empowering participants to become designers and create innovative solutions in their own communities after returning home. It is through the generous contributions of organizations such as yours that we are able to offer this program. We have already reached $110,000 of our total goal of $250,000, and we ask that your organization consider making a contribution to support this year’s program. Contributing to IDDS 2011 will also support the growth of IDDS in 2012, when we will expand to hold regional summits in multiple locations around the world. Tangible benefits are achieved with donations as little as $5,000; a full project team can be funded with a donation of $25,000. If you would like to explore further, please check out or email us at Thank you.