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Material Change: Design Thinking and the Social Entrepreneurship Movement Hardcover – October 31, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolis Books (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935202456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935202455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blossom has written extensively about her work as a designer of beautiful things, but more so of sustainable business and systems in a new book, Material Change. The book contains stunning photography and art highlighting the ideas and people who inspired the bright-eyed, soft-spoken CEO and Aspen Fellow. (Lora Kolodny Fast Company 2011-10-17)

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Eve Blossom is the Founder & CEO of Lulan Artisans (www.lulan.com). She is a finalist for the INDEX:Awards 2011, an Aspen Institute Liberty Fellow, TED speaker and trained as an architect. She currently lectures around the world on integrated design and innovative business methodologies. Eve is launching a new artisanal website that will be announced on her book tour. Material Change is Eve's first book.

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Eve's book inspires and reinforces this idea.
Diana M. Bianchini
Eve Blossom is best known currently as the founder of the for-profit business, Lulan Artisans, that provides economic alternatives to help reduce human trafficking.
Brian Andreas
Material Change has been designed in a unique loom.
Staci

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Andreas on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Eve Blossom is best known currently as the founder of the for-profit business, Lulan Artisans, that provides economic alternatives to help reduce human trafficking. That's about to change with the publication of her remarkable book. Quietly under the media radar, she shows us how we have a whole new generation of entrepreneurs who want to leave a legacy of stronger communities, of social justice. These are stories of some of those entrepreneurs, from all over the world. These are the people who are on-the-ground, making businesses & social ventures that work. By the end of this book, you'll have a solid grasp of models for how to transform the world from the ground up, models that show how you do it, how you involve people, how you make it work for everyone.

It's a must-read of a whole new way of using business for sustainable social change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Bianchini on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for anyone interested in business, design, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and really humanity! The stories and brilliant photography takes you through the making of Lulan Artisans and in some ways is a step by step guide on how to create a successful business for profit that benefits people and families on a global scale all in the name of design. The photography in this book is really powerful as she includes photos of the real people that work at Lulan everyday and some of their stories. Designers can make such a positive impact in the world with their business models. Eve's book inspires and reinforces this idea.
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By Geek Queen on March 23, 2014
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The concepts and the designs in the book started me thinking in a whole different way.

The author does a great job of opening the readers mind to new ideas, textures and ideas.

I would get the hard copy. I usually read everything on my Samsung tablet but so glad I have the hard copy of this book. I go back and read/feel the pages over and over again.
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By Staci on August 27, 2013
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Material Change has been designed in a unique loom. When I had begun reading the book, I found that I was frustrated because of the inconsistency of the pages, because they were two separate stories together on one page. As I continued forward, I realized the design and started over to ensure I was grasping the concepts. After I did this, I fell in love with the weaving design. The most incredible thing about the way the layout of the book is that the pages are written just like fabric being intertwined together. Each chapter has an intricate weave pattern that combine the topic as visual aid in understanding and appreciating the art. There are pictures that show the people working at the market, weaving at the factory, and adding color to the fabric. Visually it is extremely appealing, once you let yourself step away from the classic layout of a book, you will become entranced with its one of a kind design.
The book has an incredible start with the story of how Eve Blossom (the writer and storyteller of the book) was entranced with the culture and how she had stumbled upon the intricate, traditional fabrics. In 1992, Blossom went to a traditional market in Hanoi, North Vietnam. While she was walking through the market, she had stumbled upon a section with textiles that she was fascinated with. Since it had impacted her with such incredible force she located the lady behind the textiles (named Anh) and asked if she could see more. On Anh's motorbike, she took Blossom on a journey to a weaving location near the market. This is where it all began and how Blossom explains that she knew she wanted to work with these people.
Blossom continued forward in her career by returning to school, working in Los Angeles, then returning to Vietnam to work.
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