How a coalition of Coloradans created the nation's first collaborative center for international development
In 2011, iDE brought a pioneering exhibition to Colorado. "Design for the Other 90%" featured 30 innovative, practical and extremely affordable devices; from ceramic water filters to solar-powered hearing aids— that could change billions of lives around the globe.
The exhibition drew its title and its inspiration from iDE founder Paul Polak. "The majority of the world's designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 10 percent of the world's consumers," Dr. Polak pointed out. "Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90 percent."
Now iDE is leading that revolution in a new direction, by creating the nation's first collaborative center for international development. We've built a coalition of 27 Colorado-based organizations engaged in agriculture, education, energy, health, infrastructure and microfinance, among other fields. Our common mission: to advance sustainable solutions to global poverty.