Sunday, June 5, 2016

[Yasmin_discussions] The MacArthur Foundation Global Challenge

Dear Colleagues,

This article from the New York Times announces a $100,000,000 grant to be awarded to a proposal that identifies and offers a useful solution to a global problem. The MacArthur Foundation is making the award. <>

If your work has global implications — or if you have identified a global problem on which you and your colleagues might work — you might want to consider this. <>

This challenge offers an important opportunity that might be worth considering from the art/science perspective. There are many issues to address, including social innovation, transportation, reducing terrorism, addressing epidemics and drug-resistant bacteria, expanding access to education, increasing the sustainability of urban environments while increasing quality of life, shifting from fossil fuels to renewables while supplying energy needs, and many more issues that I have heard artists, designers, and scientists discussing in the past few years.

This challenge will provide one hundred million dollars to further the work of a group with a winning proposal. This can be awarded to a single group, to a partnership of several groups, to a coalition of profit-making and not-for-profit organizations or to a multi-university research alliance. The challenge is to identify a global problem, describe a likely solution, and show how this solution can be rendered actionable.



Ken Friedman, PhD, DSc (hc), FDRS | Editor-in-Chief | 设计 She Ji. The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation | Published by Tongji University in Cooperation with Elsevier | URL: <>

Chair Professor of Design Innovation Studies | College of Design and Innovation | Tongji University | Shanghai, China ||| University Distinguished Professor | Centre for Design Innovation | Swinburne University of Technology | Melbourne, Australia

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