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At iF, we are concerned about the state of our societies, and make an active effort to have a positive effect on the world around us. One way we do this is to focus on supporting young design students and recent graduates. Another is by awarding projects that have a social impact.
That depends on how you look at it: everything or nothing. Often, innovation is the key to making an unique social impact, and since "design is how it works" (Steve Jobs), design-minded people are in a unique position to make a difference in the way a service or product functions. The design community, design processes and designers can have social impact, but so can the civil society, companies and startups.
If you are interested in learning more about organizations working for a social impact, have a look at our resources below. There you can also find inspiration for your own impact journey, whether it is supporting an existing initiative or starting your own.
If you or your organization already have a project or project that strives to make a social impact, consider publishing it on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE and entering our iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE. Selected projects will have a chance at up to 50,000 euros in prize money.