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How can intangible products like financial services be prototyped? Last year, our researchers met Joyce, a local shopkeeper, in Luwero, Uganda and played a game with monopoly money to simulate how she allocates her family’s earnings into different spending categories such as food, medical bills, school fees, rent, transportation, and communications. Joyce spent on a few categories and then tucked some money into her bra. When asked why, she said that she needed to save a bit of the money, “just in case something happens.”

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Why Social Change Needs to Be More Social

Work in social change is growing, but often disconnected. How can we go beyond conferences and coworking spaces to make social change more social?

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Put Down the Post-Its: We Need to Define What 'Innovation' Really Means

This post is part of a series from students in the Master of Arts in Social Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art, which focuses...


This post is part of a series from students in the Master of Arts in Social Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art, which focuses on how design can reimagine solutions to world challenges. For the next eight weeks, MASD students will each share their personal thesis journey. Follow the series at good.is/MASD.

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