Everyone deserves good design.

This is the shared belief of a global network of people operating at the intersection of design and service. Building on our popular
Public Interest Design 100, released in December 2012, this second edition takes a much more global look at the advocates, communicators, funders, makers, and others shaping our world.



Shigeru Ban is principal of Shigeru Ban Architects and founder of the Volunteer Architects Network (VAN), known for his innovative construction techniques with recycled cardboard paper tubes as rapid response housing for disaster victims.

Japan  |  www.shigerubanarchitects.com

Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You are the co-creators of the GiraDora, a foot-powered washing machine designed to save time and water, improves comfort and health, and alleviating poverty by providing a mechanism to generate income.


Gabriele Diamanti is an industrial designer based in Milan and creator of the Eliodomestico, a solar water distiller designed to convert seawater into drinking water, without the aid of electricity, filters, or maintenance.

Italy  |  www.gabrielediamanti.com

Massoud Hassani is the inventor of the Mine Kafon, a crowd-funded, low-cost, wind-powered mine detonator for use in Afghanistan, which he conceived of and built based on the design of a childhood toy.

Netherlands  |  minekafon.blogspot.com

Massimo Lepore, Raul Pantaleo, and Simone Sfriso are partners of Tamassociati, a design studio working toward architecture as a civil right, with sustainable development achieved through participatory processes and ethical guiding principles.

Italy  |  www.tamassociati.org

Ezio Manzini is the international coordinator for DESIS (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability), a network of university-based design labs, actively involved in promoting and supporting suvstainable change.

Italy  |  www.desis-network.org

Jo Noero is principal of Noero Architects, a community-based practice rooted in values of empowerment and service, distinguished for working with disadvantaged populations in South Africa.

South Africa  |  www.noeroarchitects.com

Chelina Odbert is co-founder and principal of Kounkuey Design Initiative, a network committed to transforming impoverished communities by collaborating with residents to create low-cost, high-impact built environments.

USA  |  www.kounkuey.org

Peter Rich is principal of Peter Rich Architects, a community-based practice dedicated to the creation of authentic contemporary African architecture that empowers locals, contributes to the development of communities, and builds livelihoods.

South Africa  |  www.peterricharchitects.co.za

Jim Taylor and Debbie Aung Din are co-founders of Proximity Designs, which works with rural farming families in Myanmar to develop technologies and services to help alleviate poverty.

Myanmar  |  www.proximitydesigns.org
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John Cary is the founding editor of PublicInterestDesign.org, a strategist for the $1,000,000 TED Prize, and co-curator of the Autodesk Gallery's Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes exhibition.

Megan Jett is a graphic designer, specializing in infographics, for clients such as Archdaily, Autodesk Gallery, PublicInterstDesign.org and others on an array of subjects.


Special thanks to our research associate Gilad Meron; web developer Jessie Canon; as well as our first cohort of nominators and the Curry Stone Design Prize for bringing a number of individuals and teams to our attention.

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