At IDEO.org, we design products, services, and experiences to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in poor and vulnerable communities around the world. We’re a tight-knit group of designers, artists, planners, writers, and connectors fueled by passion and curiosity who love asking big questions, thinking with our hands, and learning new skills from each other. We collaborate with amazing individuals and organizations, and together we prototype, pilot, and implement human-centered solutions for challenging issues like youth reproductive health, refugee education, and financial inclusion. When we’re not out doing research in the field, we problem-solve from our studios in San Francisco and New York.
At its heart, Future Fab is a lifestyle brand—a way for Kenyan teens, their communities, and their health care providers to talk and learn about contraception. It’s a bold, upbeat, campaign launched with Marie Stopes International that showcases the talents and potential of young people while introducing the powerful role reproductive health can play in developing a bright future. Learn more here.
Smallholder farmers in Myanmar do much of their work by feel, not fact. In conjunction with Proximity Designs, we’ve come up with a handful of basic sensors to provide accurate data about irrigation, soil saturation, and what kind of supplies are needed to maximize fields and crops. Learn more here.
Moneythink—an innovative Chicago-based nonprofit—is teaching low-income students how to manage their money and improve their financial decision-making skills through school circulums and now, also with a mobile app. By embedding social-media-inspired elements like sharing, likes, and feedback, the teens have a chance to interact and validate smart choices bringing financial learnings out of the classroom and into the real world. Learn more here.