066 / Courage, Innovation & The Year’s Best Design for Social Good

Hi Friends,

This week Fast Company released its list of 2019 Innovation by Design award-winners, which included 29 honorees in the Social Good category.

I was so excited to see recognition for the Fashion for Good Experience — a project I helped bring to life! — as well as a wide range of super-creative approaches to using design for good. These include innovations from Reconsidered client Tommy Hilfiger (whose Adaptive line for people with disabilities received an honorable mention) and past partner West Elm (recognized for the Atitlan Project, an artisan furniture collaboration with the Pintando el Cambio Association, Roar + Rabbit and Meso Goods).

Take a look at the full list (link below) and let me know which innovative idea sparks the most inspiration for you.

✌️ Jess

P.S. From September 20-27, the world is mobilizing for a global #ClimateStrike. I'll be joining the march in Amsterdam — where will you be striking? If you can't get off work, you can also join the digital movement or sign on to Raise the Alarm's coordinated fire drill.(Thanks reader Lauren E. for your commitment to spreading the word!)

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The future of fashion lives here

The future of fashion lives here

This Week's 5 Links

💡The Year’s Best Design for Social Good Fast Company

A mobile water filtration system designed for the water crisis in Flint. An AI-enabled anti-poaching system. An empowering transitional housing community for the homeless. And yes, a tech-forward museum dedicated to the future of sustainable fashion. Explore the 2019 Innovation by Design Social Good award-winners for a jolt of inspiration and a reminder of how everything from credit cards to card games can be redesigned for positive impact. (2 minutes)

📃 Opportunity Missed: Reflecting On The Lack Of Women On Our Most Innovative Leaders ListForbes
A slightly less inspiring list out this week was Forbes' 100 Most Innovative Leaders — featuring 99 men… and one woman. 🤦‍♀️ In response to outrage at the suggestion that (mostly white) men who run large companies have a monopoly on innovation, editor Randall Lane outlined the data-driven methodology and acknowledged that it fell short. We agree. Such easy-to-quantify metrics fail to capture the complexity of traits like innovation and leadership, yet they are so often used not just for lists like this, but also when deciding promotions, raises and bonuses. If we are going to close the gender gap in business, we need new measures. In the meantime, check out Do Something Strategic’s "— Now Including Women" version of the Forbes ranking. (3 minutes)

🔫 Walmart CEO's Decision on Guns is the Kind of Corporate Courage We NeedCNN

After two horrific shootings at Walmart stores — not to mention the gun violence epidemic across America — the retailer announced it will discontinue sales of handgun ammunition and stop allowing customers to carry firearms in stores. In this op-ed, Harvard Business School’s Rosabeth Moss Kanter described the action as an act of "CEO courage", where leadership is willing to take a short-term sales hit in order to demonstrate social responsibility over the long term. It's a concept we're on board with — and others seem to be too, with recent research showing that people are more likely to want to work for a company where the CEO takes human stances on political issues. (3 minutes)

✈️ Prince Harry Launches Sustainable Travel Initiative TravalystThe Guardian

Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, Visa… and Prince Harry? 🤷‍♀️ This unlikely set of players recently launched Travalyst, a new partnership to promote sustainable travel. While details about the group’s plans are still scarce, the potential for sector-wide change is exciting and could benefit from the prince's patronage. Though critics are quick to call out the Royal Family’s use of private jets, Harry and Meghan have consistently made sustainability a core part of their public platform, with Meghan’s preference for ethical brands boosting demand for sustainable fashion and Prince Harry increasingly working to inspire people to make small changes that protect the environment. (4 minutes)

🏡 Utopia, AbandonedThe New York Times
This poignant long-read tells the story of an Italian town organized around typewriter company Olivetti, which in the 1950s provided employees with housing, meals, inspiring programming and generous benefits. In its hey-day, it represented "a new and short-lived kind of corporate idealism, in which business, politics, architecture and the daily life of the company’s employees all informed one another." But a few decades later, when the company failed to keep up with the shift from typewriters to electronic devices, it failed, and so did the town it had built. A fascinating meditation on "a grand experiment in making labor humane" worth making time for this weekend. (20 minutes)

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Crushing on the new    Rosa Parks Barbie    doll  😍

Crushing on the new Rosa Parks Barbie doll 😍