Do give a visit to the Cooper-Hewitt Design museum on the on Museum Mile.

From now till September 23rd, 2007, they are displaying “Design for the Other 90%”

A wide variety of projects/ideas are showcased ranging from the One Laptop Per Child, the LifeStraw (which was quite exciting to see), as well as creative bikes and shelters and the like.

Worth a look to experience in person the tools and resources that are in use today around the world.  It also highlights the benefit, but also the tension of what amazing things can come out when talented designers and engineers tackle complex problems.  Dedicated design/engineering can be seen both as a luxury and a necessity.  Some food for thought in how to rethink the economy for doing this line of work.

For more information, visit:

http://other.cooperhewitt.org/

-Dan