DesignedByUs.org is on a mission to make the world work for 100% of humanity by investing in under-represented voices in Design & Creativity.
World renowned designer, Joanna Peña-Bickley, co-founded Designed By Us™ as a social benefit corporation and Peña Philanthropy Partners as a non-for-profit in order to reimagine the life-long education and professional practices of designers with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Design (S.T.E.A.M.D.) curriculum at the nascent stages of a new industrial revolution.
Against a backdrop of advanced technologies from the physical, digital and biological worlds that are combing to create inventions at a speed and scale unparalleled in human history, a new, inclusive design leader has emerged. In our multiconceptual, multicutural world, the design practices of recruiting, research, writing, creative, voice, sound, art, accessibility, producers, user experience, graphic, interaction, industrial, fashion, interior design, architecture, data and social science, design tech and virtual reality design are being transformed for an entirely new reality.
To ensure that new reality is inclusive of 100% of humanity, Designed By Us strives is to instruct, enlighten, incubate, impact, celebrate and secure the legacy of underrepresented talent all fields of Design & Creativity.
At the nascent stages of an industrial revolution we are facing social, economic and ecological inequality and injustice. These problems exist because there are hierarchical, siloed, systemic barriers that disenfranchise underrepresented and under invested in communities from participating in the solutions that will shape the next 100 years of life on spaceship earth and in our cosmos.
DesignedByUs.org is leveraging this industrial revolution, a transformation and reinvention of business, economics and society, as an opportunity to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without economic, ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.
A Boston Consulting Group study found that companies with more diverse leadership teams have 19% higher revenues due to innovation. This finding is significant for governments, academia, industries and humanity where innovation is the key to sustainable growth. 22 similar studies demonstrate that diversity is not just a metric to be strived for; it is actually an integral part of a successful revenue-generating advancement.
Diverse perspectives foster innovation. Diverse teams perform better, and innovate faster. Diversity helps design market making leaders that improves culture and attracts better talent. Diversity in the business environment is about more than gender, race and ethnicity. It now includes humans with diverse religious and political beliefs, education, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, cultures and disabilities.
Today, humans who identify as LatinX, Black, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, Filipino, Indian, Asian, Women, Disabled, Aging or Veterans are blocked from full and equitable economic, ecological and civic participation. This problem exists because each of these communities and their leaders are often, hidden or written out of history, or lacking the resources and access to the publics consciousness. We believe the time has come to write a new inclusive chapter in human history. This chapter begins with optimism, bold ideas and an unrelaenting bias for action that moves people from cynicism and apathy to combatting systemic bias, discrimination and injustice with audacious hope and fearless fervor.
Designed By Us strives to eliminate these systemic design problems by funding, enlightening, celebrating and securing the participation and legacy of underrepresented communities in all S.T.E.A.M.D. fields. Doing this stands as accessible acts of inspiration that give people purpose and permission to make their dreams a reality.
Our open source, scalable operating model uses Inclusive Design Principles every day, whether we're discussing ideas, studio programs for new projects or deciding on the best approach to solving a problem.
Discover The Dream
Inspire people to dream big and act with conviction to solve problems within the constraints of now.
Build Superhuman Skills
Develop and redevelop people's hard and soft skills with vocational and professional Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design curriculum and training.
Clear, carve, document and share discrete paths to success through radical collaboration and open source innovation.
Equally, advocate, back, underwrite growth with monetary and social sponsorship into positions of power to effect change we want to see.
When you make a donation, you are supporting the Studio Programs, Scholarships and The Design Corps, a diverse community of changemakers who deliver design, engineering & creative solutions make the world work for 100% of humanity.
Design Corps Network
Enlist In The Design Corps
*Designer's Code Of Ethics
*Distinguished Designer Program
*Design Apprentice Program
*Open Source Curriculum
*The Design Union
+ Women Who Design
+ Blacks Who Design
+ LatinXs Who Design
+ LGBTQ+ Who Design
+ Filipinos Who Design
+ Indians Who Design
+ Decolonizing Design
+ Design Justice
+ Critical Craft Forum
*This site is in a beta period until August 2020. An astrics grey text represents pages that are works in progress.
Please check back for updates in 2020.
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