Hello (First) World!
We live in a complex world, one full of inequities and wonderful things. Wonderful things are usually well distributed, but inequities not so much. Our fellows in the First World have been concerned for a while with us having the major share of the badness, so we thought, why don’t we pay back? After all, their life isn’t problem-free either.
And that’s where this competition starts.
We’re calling artists, designers, tinkerers, makers, and thinkers with an idea to participate. Two conditions only: you were born in and live right now in a Developing Country and you are 13 years of age or older.
Developing into what, exactly?
What does it mean to be a developing country? Among other things it means that the future of these countries is to become developed. We are on our way toward development, and we assume that’s a great thing: we will have better education, better health care, a more equitatible society. But let’s stop to consider for a minute whether developed countries are something we want to turn into. Are people in developed countries happier or healthier? Do they live a better life? Do they have a better understanding of nature and live in a better equilibrium with the environment? Do they live in peace?
Sadly the answer to most of these questions is no, or yes in some cases but not significantly so.
We have been focusing our energy and resources on trying to solve our Third World problems to become more like the First World. But perhaps it is time that we, the so called Third World minds, focused our energy and creativity on solving some of the First World problems. We will have a brighter future to look forward to, and perhaps this can help us rethink and approach our current problems from a different perspective.
Deadline May 30st, 2010 11:59 p.m. EST
Dx1W has proclaimed 2010 International Year of the First World in Need, and has defined four main areas to address: Food Production and Eating Disorders, Aging Population and Low Birth rate, Immigration and Integration to Society, Sustainability and Over consumption.
Furthermore, one of the major aims of the Year will be to demonstrate the beneficial effects of cultural diversity. We want to recognize the importance of transfers and exchanges between cultures through implicit or explicit dialogue that underlines how cultures and civilizations are interlinked and contribute to the progress of humankind.
The strategy of the International Year consists in mainstreaming the above-mentioned principles in all policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels through the involvement of the greatest number of relevant stakeholders. The activities carried out under the International Year focus on:
- Reducing obesity.
- Addressing aging population and low birth rate.
- Reducing consumption rate of mass produced goods.
- Integrating the immigrant population.
The Dx1W competition is addressed to the developing countries of the world: All creative solutions depend on having a powerful idea. Whether it’s great resources, military, politics or government, power and size are not enough without having a powerful vision. The First World needs our ideas to solve their problems. First World problems demand Simple Third World solutions. From today on The Third World will bring ideas to redesign the future of the First World.
Individual and team submissions are welcomed.
- Select one of the proposed areas to work.
- Select a population with that problem to apply your solutions.
- Think of an original idea that will solve the problem you selected.
- Think how to apply that idea to a specific community in the First World.
- Plan how you will make it happen. Write, draw, film, design. Renderings and extensive planning is encouraged but not necessary.
- Use text, photos, and video to explain your project.
- Register and Login into the site to apply.
- Submit your idea on time.
- Participants should be 13 years of age or older and a legal resident of a Developing country.
- The idea should not involve religious advocacy or proselytizing.