2010 Design Science/Global Solutions Lab

The 2010 Design Science/Global Solutions Lab, sponsored by BigPictureSmallWorld and Global Education Motivators will be held at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and the United Nations in New York, June 14 - June 21, 2010. Click here for more information or to register.

Past Design Science Labs

In June, 2005 - 2009 five extraordinary events took place at the United Nations and either the UN International School in New York or Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. A partnership of BigPictureSmallWorld, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and Global Education Motivators brought together over one-hundred and fifty students who participated in the Design Science Lab. There they developed strategies for reaching the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)1

The students in the 2005 - 2009 Design Science Labs were oriented to the world’s problems and the MDGs by UN personnel. They then learned a powerful problem solving and planning methodology2 that they applied to the goal of eliminating hunger, illiteracy, lack of clean, affordable energy and other problems from the world. In the course of this intense, fast paced activity the students developed a series of inter-linked strategies that could reach their goals. The culmination of their work was a presentation of their strategies to the UN. See below to download or order printed reports. Learn about design science here.

Next summer’s 2010 Design Science Lab will enable more students to participate. If you would like to learn more about this upcoming event for further information.

Reports available

2006 report cover2008 Design Science Lab Report (click image to enlarge):
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2006 report cover2007 Design Science Lab Report (click image to enlarge):
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2006 report cover2006 Design Science Lab Report (click image to enlarge):
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2006 report cover2005 Design Science Lab Report (click image to enlarge):
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    download PDF free(1.8 MB)

Global Solutions Lab

In addition to the annual summer labs, BigPictureSmallWorld is offering the Global Solutions Lab for schools and organizations. Utilizing an innovative online wiki as a laboratory, the Global Solutions Lab is a powerful tool for learning about the world and the development of solutions. Read more . . .


1. These goals were created when 147 Heads of State, including the President of the U.S., signed the Millennium Declaration at the UN in September of 2000. These goals are playing an immense role in the world as they guide the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars by nearly every country in the world in poverty reduction strategies, development assistance, corporate investment, and non-governmental organization engagement. The goals call for, among other things, cutting in half the number of hungry people in the world by 2015, and a similar reduction in the number of people in poverty. Back to top.

2. Design science is a methodology for recognizing, defining, and solving complex problems. It takes a whole systems, global, and anticipatory approach that fosters creative collaboration and synergy in the development of comprehensive solutions to societal problems. More . . .
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