Every Designer Who Wants to Address Poverty Should Watch This


Students at the Art Center College of Design work with target communities in poor areas to co-create innovative design solutions to common problems around the world like hauling potable water from a public pump, or purifying drinking water.

"We don't have aspirations as designers that we can end poverty," said faculty member Penny Herscovitch. "But we really believe that if we work with people who themselves are living in poverty and who themselves are working to get out of poverty, that we can design solutions that give them a leg up."

This video documents the work of a particular group of design students in Lima, Peru working together on designs for social innovation in a small community called Cerro Verde.