IDEO.org is a new non-profit working to support designers who can make the world a better. Each year, the IDEO.org Fellowship Program seeks talented people from the design, business and social sectors, who can serve as “innovators in residence” at IDEO.org’s offices in San Francisco, CA for 12 months. Fellows work with experienced IDEO designers to develop innovative solutions to poverty-focused problems around the world, using “human-centered design” to address challenges in areas such as agriculture, gender equity, financial services, health, water, and sanitation.
Good describes the IDEO.org Fellows as “big-picture thinkers that make up a new breed of humanitarians—designers.” Currently, fellows are developing open-source design kits, such as designs for urban gardening in Ethiopia, and are blogging about the process, giving other social sector leaders a chance to learn from their successes, failures, and unusual approaches to eradicating poverty.
The application process for this professional fellowship is highly competitive and open to applicants from around the world. They especially seek candidates who have experience working in developing countries or low-income communities. The start-up environment and frequent travel requires fellows to be flexible, resilient and open to other cultures and lifestyles.
Applications are due December 9, 2011 – so act now!