College Featured in New Book from Global Education Motivators

Results from Five-Year Design Science Laboratory Explored In New Book

Thursday, January 10, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA– Did you know that the solutions to global issues such as hunger, poverty, energy, and education are being formed right here at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia? 

 

Over the last five years, students and young professionals from five continents and 35 countries have come to the Design Science Lab, hosted at Chestnut Hill since 2008, where they have been briefed from representatives from the United Nations Development Program and Environmental Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and other world agencies. As a result of these meetings, comprehensive strategies are developed for solving some of the world's most critical problems such as poverty, hunger, education, and sustainability. Participating students then have the opportunity to present their solutions to the United Nations.

In the laboratory, participants focus on career skills such as strategic design and planning methodologies as well as leadership, problem solving and the design revolution concepts.

The results from these labs were recently published into the book, “Designing a World That Works for All: How the Youth of the World are Creating Real-World Solutions for the UN Millennium Goals” by Medard Gabel (2010). This book outlines the results from the labs from the past five years, and includes photos and information. The book is divided into sections that outline the issue and the solutions that the laboratory created. Sections include: Food and Water for All, Clean Energy for All, Education for All for Life, Global Health for All, and Fair Economic Systems and Sustainable Life for All.

“Designing a World That Works for All” is important because it documents just how successful we can be— that we can meet the basic human needs of everyone in the world —and regenerate the environment at the same time,” says Medard Gabel. “It also shows that we can afford to do what is right, and it demonstrates that feeding, sheltering, educating, and providing health care to everyone in the world— not just those of us lucky enough to be born in the richer areas— is the most cost-effective and productive thing we can do for increasing our own wealth and standard of living.”

Medard states, “The fact that the book was largely the result of young people coming together from all over the world and developing the ideas and strategies for change is phenomenal. The fact that Chestnut Hill College hosts the lab is testimony to their vision and commitment to making the world work for everyone— as well as their commitment to providing their students opportunities that go beyond those of other colleges.”

The book is available for download and purchase at http://designsciencelab.com/book/ . For more information about the Design Science Lab Book or about the Global Solutions Lab, please contact Medard Gabel at medard@bigpicturesmallworld.com