Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism?

Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism?

“Are designers helping the “Little Brown Brothers?” Are designers the new anthropologists or missionaries, come to poke into village life, “understand” it and make it better–their “modern” way?”

Do Designers Actually Exploit The Poor While Trying To Do Good?

“Whether you’re a fan of design research in the field–or more sympathetic to that audience member–you can’t gloss over the issue. Who is the best poised to bring innovation to the developing world? Big corporations that are already rich? Or people living in the countries themselves? Do big corporations bring better standards of living, or simply sugared water and useless doodads?”

IS IT IMMORAL TO EARN ATTRACTIVE PROFITS FROM POOR CUSTOMERS?

“There are at least 7 billion different perspectives on morality, but the viewpoint I like best defines sin as the failure to reach your potential. By this definition we have at least 2.6 billion deep sinners – the 37% of people in the world who live on less than $2 a day. They are the future Steve Jobs’, Mohandas Gandhis, Madame Curies and Pablo Picassos who will instead eke out a living as drug dealers, child soldiers, prostitutes and destitute slum dwellers.”

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