How to submit an application
- Study the General Requirements.
- Download the Application questions in PDF form for further reference and, to allow you to study and draft answers to the question.
- Return to the Award page and select the application type in the blue region to the right.
- Log in (or register) at the award website. This gives you access to the online forms. You may take multiple sessions to complete the form: the system saves the information.
- PDF of the Qualifying Project Application
- PDF of the Educational Project Application
Projects must state which of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals they fit https://sdgs.un.org . These projects can take many forms, from physical devices to software to changes in organizational structures. The key is that they must significantly enhance people’s lives. We require that the project has been implemented and tested within a community to document its benefits. While we do not require a large-scale project, we do require a significant impact that can be measured through monitoring and surveys. To ensure success, we recommend setting clear goals beforehand and gathering baseline information before introducing the project.
THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITY-CENTERED DESIGN
- Solve the core, root issues, not just the problem as presented (which is often the symptom, not the cause).
- Focus on the entire ecosystem of people, all living things, and the physical environment.
- Take a long-term, systems point of view, realizing that most complications result from the interdependencies of the multiple parts and that many of the most damaging implications upon society and the eco structure only reveal themselves years or even decades later.
- Continually test and refine the proposed designs to ensure they truly meet the concerns of the people for whom they are intended.
- Design with the community, and as much as possible support designs by the community. The professional designer community should serve as enablers, facilitators, and resources, aiding the community to meet their concerns.
This brief excerpt from Chapter 22 of Norman’s book, Design for a Better World: pp. 181-186 explains the difference between Human-Centered and Humanity-Centered Design: