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The Anti-Sitting Movement Brings You a Chairless Work Office

These designers offer an alternative to the hegemonic desk-and-chair workplace designs.

The crusade against chair-based lifestyles gained steam in 2011, when doomsday headlines declared sitting a “lethal activity.” Today, the anti-sitting agenda of medical researchers, lifestyle experts, and masochists has made significant gains and spurred efforts to redesign our entire lives so that we may never have to sit again. One group of designers has heralded “the end of sitting” with their redesign of the modern workplace. Amsterdam-based design studio RAAAF paired with artist Barbara Visser to construct a prototype of a chairless office at the Looiersgracht 60 Gallery in Amsterdam. Their vision eschews cubicles, desks, and chairs in favor of sloped surfaces and angled structures that workers are expected to lean against or lie on for support.

“In our society almost the entirety of our surroundings have been designed for sitting, while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects,” the designers said. “The installation’s various affordances solicit visitors to explore different standing positions in an experimental work landscape.”

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A Human-Centered Design Learning Mashup

Want to learn how to use design for social good? IDEO.org is proud to announce Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation, a five-week course...

Want to learn how to use design for social good? IDEO.org is proud to announce Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation, a five-week course that we've created in conjunction with Acumen. This course is designed to help people start using the human-centered design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change all around the world. Watch this video to learn more.

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Five Skills Designers Have That Global Development Needs

Beyond the buzz generated by the "social entrepreneurship" and "impact investing" communities, I've seen a significant shift coming from traditional aid agencies in the past two years. In 2010, USAID, the agency responsible for administering US foreign aid, launched the first-of-its-kind Development Innovation Ventures quarterly grant program.

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