Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Nitty Gritty

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Whipping through Friday's Email, I skimmed something I ran across on TED.com or in the McArthur Foundation’s newsletter, an unfailing source of hope. I didn’t take the time to research the source of the following questions, but they’re so basic and obvious it hardly matters who is asking them.

A man named Kevin Starr directs a foundation called Mulago that looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. I have consistently found that third-world solutions to life support save me time and attention, improve health, and generate capital, so I intend to interrogate my own bright ideas, as some designers say, with the following questions:

Is it needed?
Does it work?

Will it get to those who need it?
Will they use it correctly when they get it?

Most of the content of this blog addresses the first two questions.

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