I like to think about design not only as a profession geared to the construction of solutions but also as a larger social and cultural practice involved in the creation of opportunities for reflecting and discussing about the world we live in.
Although this contest was initiated to inspire the creation of solutions, I would like push the limits to encourage the development of critical design proposals that not necessarily look for solving particular problems in the fist world but to inspire thinking about them in a different way or that make evident new and critical visions about them. Why are those problems created in the first place? Are there any cultural reasons for them? How long have they existed for? Do all people see them as problems and why?
I believe Design For the First World has the potential to inspire very interesting reflections and foster future debates about what we understand by development and progress both in the first and third worlds, but I also see it as an opportunity to foster the creation of critical design approaches to come out from the “third” world.
I would be much happier to see critical and reflexive proposals than functional and practical solutions.