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Social entrepreneurs are leaders and pragmatic visionaries (Schwab Foundation) … Individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems (Ashoka) … Mad scientists in the lab (Oxford University). No matter how you describe the
field, and the individuals who are making an impact within it, social entrepreneurship is redefining the world’s interpretation of return on investment.
Most economists and academics would agree that such innovative
leadership is becoming a critical factor in the development and well-being
of the environments in which we live and work, and societies as a whole.
Realigning business outcomes not only to reflect efficiency and financial
results, but also to lower unemployment rates, incorporate sustainable
innovation, and accelerate change, is transforming the business world and
For interior designers, part of a commitment to social economics can be
a renewed interest in the artisan sector, a topic being discussed at length
in this issue. Last month, in fact, The Huffington Post boldly labeled the
movement “The Next Big Interior Design Trend: The Artisan Way.” As furniture
designer Camilla Pistilli wrote, “Artisanal crafts infuse the space with a true
sense of artistry. The work of a creative mind, and the materialization of its vision
into functional art, complements the space with unmistakable authenticity
and originality. Such elements of decor are timeless, undefined and uncon-
strained by the boundaries of different interior design styles and eras.”
As designers and their clients are discovering, incorporating artisan
products into living and working environments has the potential to create
jobs, increase incomes, and foster sustainable community development both
domestically and abroad. Beyond economic impact, utilizing such materials
can also deliver deeper meaning—one that is rooted in uniqueness and
authenticity. Recognizing this, and fundamentally grounding social economics
within practice, does take vision and leadership. Interior designers are
uniquely capable of providing both.
Successful, impactful work within the evolving creative world requires
By Sandy Gordon
THE NEW VALUE EQUATION
The artisanal design trend imbues our profession with growth and hope.