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HRDI / Change your mind, change your world!
« on: July 21, 2009, 04:20:13 AM »
You cannot change the world, but you can present the world with one improved person - Yourself. You can go to work on yourself to make yours lf into the kind of person you admire and respect. You can become a role model and set a standard for others. You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting or speaking in a negative way toward anyone for any reason. You can insist upon always doing things the loving way, Rather than the hurtful way. By doing these things each day, you can continue on your journey toward becoming an exceptional human being.Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect.

We are used to believing the opposite, that we cannot change the world, being the humble individuals we are. However, we either reinforce or change the way things are around us with every little thing we do. We establish and change the social world we live in every day. We call that social design.

We as people cannot escape acting in relation to other people. Even if we choose to live alone on a deserted island, that is design of our social reality. The social world is created as a result of the dynamics of all our individual actions. We cannot not be social. We cannot not design. We cannot not change the world.

Design, in this sense, is any circumstance that is a result of action. Therefore it is much more than is included in the traditional meaning of the word: the shaping of products and services. This broad definition also implicates that design can be unconscious. It is there whether we are aware of it or not. It is inescapable.   Social design, then, is at the same time a great opportunity and a great responsibility because it relies on the choices we make every day. It is the perception of a man-made reality that consequently can only be changed by man.

The term social design appears regularly in a wide range of contexts across the globe, though it is put to very different uses and given very different meanings. We put forth a broad definition to encompass the many different initiatives and projects related to social design that exist today. People around the world are initiating highly interesting projects that explore the social world and highlight possibilities of social change. We work together in the framework of social design.

The intention is to foster a discourse for the subject on a broader level by facilitating the meeting between a wide range of different audiences and professional environments. Social Design Site should be the seed that hopefully grows into evaluation, inquiry and discussion of the developing concept of social design.  

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