Summer Lab

Design Science Lab: Summer 2012

About the Lab:
Students and professionals from around the world met at Chestnut Hill College in June 2012.  They were briefed by UN experts (from the UN Development Program, UN Environmental Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and other UN agencies), developed comprehensive strategies for solving some of the world's most critical problems, and then presented their work at the UN. Participants learned a powerful strategic design and planning methodology that will be of use for the rest of their lives, as well learn about leadership, problem solving and the design revolution. They learned about global problems, options, technology, culture, resources and what they can do to make a difference. They collaborated others with similar passions about the state of the world— and what we can do to make things better.

Focus Area:
Regenerating Cities: More than half the world lives in cities, and the percentage is growing rapidly. 100 cities account for 30 percent of the world's economy, and almost all its innovation. New York City's economy alone is larger than 46 of sub-Saharan Africa's economies combined. Hong Kong receives more tourists annually than all of India. Cities are the engines of globalization but they harbor unprecedented human misery and the unmet human needs of close to a billion people. How can cities be regenerated so they are sources of energy, food and water— instead of sinks? And how can all the people living within the world's cities have a high standard of living?

Below are audio clips from various sessions during the Lab

Opening Session, Introductions, and Problem Identification

Videoconference with Ramu Damodaran

Upcoming Events
Coming Soon:
Student Conference on the Paris Agreement

International Day for Peace 2018
September 21, 2018
Student Leadership Conference on Development 2019
February 2019

Select Global and Educational Events:

Human Rights Day
December 10, 2018
United Nations Climate Summit 2019
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GEM Highlights
Good News Agency
Learn about Positive Efforts Around the World and be Inspired

Lesson Plans on the Sustainable Development Goals -
World's Largest Lesson

Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching Primary Sources with the Library of Congress
Effects of Armed Conflict on Children

New Distance Learning Program
Live from Ukraine