Nov 24, 2010

Natacha Poggio interviewed about Design Global Change in Argentina

On July 27, 2010, Professor Natacha Poggio gave a presentation about Design Global Change at the fifth edition of the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Diseño 2010 (held at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina). There were about 350 free activities, including workshops and lectures by leading design and communication professionals from Latin America. Natacha's presentation was titled "Design Global Change, agent of social change" and it showcased the educational campaigns she has developed with Design Global Change students in India and Kenya, and also highlighted the importance of design to involve multiple disciplines in order to be an effective agent of change.

After her presentation, Natacha was interviewed by the university news channel and they have posted the interview in youtube. Since Natacha is speaking in her native Spanish, we transcribed below what she shared with the camera. DGC coverage goes international!

0:19 – 0:34

I'm at the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Diseño 2010 (Argentina). I came to do a presentation about a project I coordinate, called Design Global Change, agent of social change.

0:54 – 2:39

Hi, my name is Natacha Poggio, I'm a professor at the University of Hartford, in United States, in Connecticut. The organization [Design Global Change] is formed by students from my classes and also former students who continue being involved with the university, because they believe it is important to use this opportunity to collaborate, as designers, to help improve small communities.

We work with Engineers Without Borders; they are in charge of different implementations, like rainwater harvesting systems, or solar panels to provide electricity to wells; and we create the educational campaigns.

I believe that we have to promote as much as possible in students, as well as in all professionals from the fields and disciplines of design, that they can —even with their “small grain of sand”— affect change.

This is my first time at the Encuentro at UP, I have been living in the United States for 10 years. I had the opportunity to come [to Buenos Aires] for this trip, in order to participate and present these projects, because I'm interested in coordinating and collaborating with people who would like to create projects [like mine] in Argentina, since I'm Argentinean. I have projects around the world, therefore I have a lot of interest in doing projects here [my own country]. Also I want to bring my students along so that they can visit this beautiful country, with a lot of people interested in helping others.