Flexi, 7 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 130 color.
Pub Date 10/31/2011
Out of print
Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 175
ISBN 9781935202455 TRADE
List Price: $30.00 CDN $35.00
"Eve Blossom and Lulan Artisans exemplify the new generation of collaborative social entrepreneurs. By weaving partnerships, sharing opportunities and ideas, these change makers are turning the business world upside down—for good."
—CAMERON SINCLAIR, cofounder, Architecture for Humanity.
"There’s something going on in design — something powerful. People have realized a simple truth: Design is a legitimate way to change the world. Design can also change the fundamental building blocks of business. From household products to social interactions, people are using design to produce some previously unexpected results.
Why? Because we realize that our purchases have implications beyond the short-term satisfactions of goods we buy. We understand that the plastic bottles we use many times a day to gulp down water, soda, or juice will be around for hundreds of years longer than the few moments during which we hold them in our hands. Although most of us are aware of such issues, we still live with these failures of design, knowing solutions are needed." - Eve Blossom
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Design Thinking and the Social Entrepreneurship Movement
Published by Metropolis Books
By Eve Blossom. Foreword by Yves Behar.
Material Change shows that there is something going on in design-something powerful. Design can change the world. This new way of thinking is revolutionizing the business of design and the design of business.
Material Change is the story of trained architect and entrepreneur Eve Blossom, who built her design business, Lulan Artisans, on a framework of ecological, economic, social, communal and cultural sustainability.
Lulan Artisans is a for-profit social venture that designs, produces and markets contemporary textiles made by Blossom's collaborators-over 650 weavers, dyers, spinners and finishers in Cambodia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Lulan's mission is to effect systemic social change: to give workers an ample wage and benefits; to bring stability to communities by creating jobs; to preserve artisanal skills; and to provide economic alternatives so that individuals can make better economic choices.
In the book, we follow Eve's process of forming a grassroots, for-profit social venture. She openly shares her story and the thinking behind her vision, in the hope of inspiring others to act and to open-source the model for others to adapt, customize and share. Material Change also brings us the distinct voices of a range of other social entrepreneurs who are working around the world, including Muna AbuSulayman, Patrick Awuah, Shashin Chokshi, Tali Gottlieb, Joi Ito, Dr. Jordan Kassalow, Shaffi Mather, Tobias Rose-Stockwell, Juliana Rotich and Ricardo Terán.
Social entrepreneurship is a movement, and it is growing every day. We don't know when the tipping point will be, but this new approach is here to stay. This is the new sustainable and holistic business model for the twenty-first century.
Eve Blossom is the founder and CEO of Lulan Artisans. An architect by training, Eve lectures worldwide on sustainable integrated design and innovative business methodologies. She is a TED speaker and an Aspen Institute Liberty Fellow. This is her first authored book.
Eve Blossom has created a business that successfully merges design, profit and an active social agenda. This volume offers actionable holistic models for upcoming and established
designers and any socially responsible business startup.
"Blossom has written extensively about her work as a designer of beautiful things, but more so of sustainable business and systems in a new book, Material Change. The book contains stunning photography and art highlighting the ideas and people who inspired the bright-eyed, soft-spoken CEO and Aspen Fellow." –Lora Kolodny, Fast Company
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
Blossom has written extensively about her work as a designer of beautiful things, but more so of sustainable business and systems in a new book, Material Change. The book contains stunning photography and art highlighting the ideas and people who inspired the bright-eyed, soft-spoken CEO and Aspen Fellow.
FROM THE BOOKAccording to Eve Blossom, "Lulan's mission is to join high design with traditional weaving techniques while honoring the artisans' social and cultural heritages. We work with more than 650 spinners, dyers, weavers, and finishers in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Veitnam, and India. Our gifted artist partners spin the fibers, dye the threads, and weave the cloth. Their looms are hand built, their raw materials naturally grown. One of our main objectives is to create jobs in these communities. By providing people with economic options, human trafficking can be prevented and communities can become more stable."
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