is out to Design a Better World

IDEO has been working in the social sector for more than ten years. Recently, it became clear that launching a nonprofit organization focused solely on social innovation would allow IDEO to make an even bigger impact on global poverty. Enter,!

Through Human-Centered Design projects, we're bringing stability, hope, and dignity to communities around the world that are wrestling with poverty. Along the way, we’re sharing what we learn and accomplish with everyone—so we’re all learning together. And through the Fellowship Program, we’re fostering a community of future leaders with expertise in design thinking, then letting them loose on the world.

To establish, IDEO provided substantial seed funding. Now, as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit, relies on fees for service and philanthropic donations to cover our costs. We ask the nonprofit partners we work with to pay the direct costs of our work with them. And we raise money through fundraising to cover our indirect costs, which include our Fellowship Program and our storytelling and knowledge-sharing efforts. By raising philanthropic capital, we are able to select the projects we undertake based on their potential for impact, rather than an organization's ability to pay.

What kind of projects do we tackle?

  1. The projects are poverty related.
  2. The clients are nonprofits, social enterprises, or foundations.
  3. The approach, opportunities and results are open + shareable.
  4. The projects yield measurable impact.

We’re excited to announce that the application period for our third class of Fellows has begun! We've set a very high bar for our Fellows over the last two years and we need your help to find our next design and social sector leaders for the Class of 2013-14.

In case you’re not familiar with the program, here’s a bit more info: The Fellowship Program fosters design leaders of the future. Basically, it’s a mash-up of wildly passionate and talented people from the design, business and social sectors: three IDEO designers and a collection of promising leaders from around the globe. For 13 months, these Fellows are working, learning, growing, and innovating to make the world a better place.

This year, we are offering two different application tracks for designers and social sector rock stars to play to their different strengths. Not sure where you fit in? We get that. Just pick one track and explain in your cover letter or visual story why both roles seem applicable. Applications are due January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm PST.

Please forward this job description to qualified candidates and we’d appreciate your help by publicizing the application through your Twitter, Facebook and/or other networks.