Aspen Design Challenge Invites Students to Design Water's Future

Finalists To Present Proposals at Fall 2009 UN Climate Change Conference

Jul 09, 2008

The first annual Aspen Design Challenge, "Designing Water's Future," encourages students to design solutions that will increase awareness of the global freshwater crisis. The Aspen Design Challenge is part of the Aspen Design Summit, an annual international conference that brings together leaders from the private and public sectors, nonprofit organizations, and international donors like the United Nations. "Designing Water's Future" was co-conceived by water communications NGO Circle of Blue, a frequent ECSP collaborator, and communication design firm Collins, and is the result of discussions the two organizations convened at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2008.

The Aspen Design Challenge provides case studies on water, sanitation, and education in Africa; desertification in China; and drought and migration in Mexico. The latter features several photographs that appeared in Water Stories, a multimedia presentation developed by the Environmental Change and Security Program and Circle of Blue Managing Editor Carl Ganter on water scarcity and sanitation in Mexico.

Proposals are due on December 15, 2008, and will be reviewed by a jury in January 2009. That spring, the finalists will refine their ideas for a presentation to a group of designers, scientists, journalists, entrepreneurs, and NGO leaders in spring/summer 2009. Forty students will be selected to develop their designs at a three-week workshop in Copenhagen in August and present them at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in the fall of 2009.

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  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Benjamin Dills // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • John Thon Majok // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Ruth Greenspan Bell // Public Policy Scholar
  • William Krist // Senior Policy Scholar
  • Louise Lief // Public Policy Scholar
  • John W. Sewell // Senior Scholar