For the inaugural Design for Humanity Summit in June of 2018, Giorgio Baravalle, Creative Director of de.MO addressed the work de.MO has accomplished.

Giorgio Baravalle, Creative Director of de.MO, participates in a panel discussion at the Design for Humanity Summit: “Design for Advocacy and Social Communication in Crises” (Jordan Kleinman).
Below is Baravelle’s contribution to the newly released Design for Humanity Summit Yearbook available for download here.

At de.MO, we have been committed, since our founding, to focusing on social and humanitarian issues as a fundamental part of our studio work.

We have partnered with many nonprofits, international and local, to help raise funds, increase awareness and ignite action. Most recently we collaborated with VII Association, the United Nations and the Blue Chip Foundation to create a book and an exhibition on the Millennium Villages Project, a UN project in Africa [MVP 1–2–3–4] . Currently we are working with Leslie Thomas, LARC Architecture, on the design of an exhibition with video for the UNFPA to raise awareness about female genital mutilation, a problem affecting 68 million women and girls. [FGM 1–2–3–4–5 + logo]

We have also self-initiated numerous projects over the past two decades including a book and exhibition celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a book on the cause and consequences of September 11, [VII a fundraising book / exhibition on the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 [HAITI 1–2] and a project featuring the photographic recording of belongings found in the mass graves of Bosnia, in an effort to help identify the victims of ethnic cleansing. [QFI 1–2–3]

Designers have a responsibility as communicators to not only add value in the commercial realm but to draw attention and encourage deeper engagement on issues that matter, issues often ignored by the world at large.

Learn more about the Design for Humanity Summit II, taking place June 21, 2019 at Fordham University’s McNally Amphitheatre here.

About the IOM — UN Migration
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the fi eld of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 173 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people

About the IIHA
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) prepares current and future aid workers with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in times of humanitarian crisis and disaster. Our courses are borne of an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines academic theory with the practical experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals. The IIHA also publishes on a wide range of humanitarian topics and regularly hosts a number of events in the New York area, including the annual Humanitarian Blockchain Summit and Design for Humanity Summit.

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