BusinessWeek compiled a comprehensive list of the world's best design programs as "companies in every industry have adopted design thinking to offer fresh insight in functions from strategy to finance. BusinessWeek selected 39 master's and MBA programs from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia that significantly integrate design thinking and business. Students in these programs take classes in art, management and science, for example, and create projects in multi-disciplinary teams with students from other schools. They aim to use design for strategy rather than merely for aesthetics and may find jobs as design managers, researchers or business consultants. These 30 programs have formally established hybrid curricula."
Venessa Wong states in the article that there are different approaches between schools that teach design thinking and that the fruits of this approach are yet to become apparent but that these graduates might just redefine the way the world does business.
William Kamkwamba has been having a great week in the US promoting his book 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' which he co-authored with Bryan Mealer. When he was just 14 years old, William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.
William is currently studying at the African Leadership Academy and has started the Doers Club. He plans to develop a solar powered steam engine that can be used to power a water pump or windmill and a hand operated borehole drill based on a tobacco press. Support Williams work at Moving Windmills.
Helix Wind announced that they will begin testing their products in Nigeria and USA to power cell phone towers; "wind turbines are ideal ways to lower the costs of operating expenses associated with cell phone towers in remote locations. These solutions are ideal for telecom infrastructure providers worldwide dealing with cell towers that are remote or off-grid and utilize unreliable or expensive energy sources. Depending on the configuration, Helix turbines can produce enough power to pay for themselves in as little as six months." Via DesignBoom.
Lastly, Readymade is happy to announce that we are working with USA chain Anthropologie to create a new addition to our Nest decor range. Pictured above is a current product, our take on the traditional fruit bowl. This range is developed under our Fabrication Africa brand. For information on stockists have a look at www.fabaf.com.