Here at Nuru we like to highlight the good work that others are doing to put an end to global poverty.¬†Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She’s teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers’ minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state. To read more about her experiences check out the blog Design Mind.

Emily Pilloton is the author of Design Revolution, a book about 100-plus objects and systems designed to make people’s lives better. The book features products like the Hippo Water Roller, a rolling barrel with handle that eases water transport; AdSpecs, adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses; and Learning Landscapes, low-cost playgrounds that mesh math skills and physical activity.