In 2002, Malaysian native Stevens Chan was diagnosed with glaucoma. He didn’t know he had an eye disease, let alone one with no obvious symptoms, no cure, and which often leads to blindness. His vision loss occurred quickly. In just 5 years, he was blind. Stevens’ experience led him to establish a Malaysian branch of Dialogue in the Dark, a social enterprise that works to increase public awareness around preventable blindness and support individuals with visual impairments.
I recently checked out my first book from the Human Library: Homelessness. I read it in an open courtyard next to the Impact Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was likely the most honest and direct conversation I’ve had with a fellow human who has experienced homelessness.
Confused? So was I, until Turisaina (Turis) Tukiman clued me in.
Turis is the Operations Lead at Human Library in Malaysia. Originally created by a group of young activists in Copenhagen, the Human Library is now a global movement. It’s purpose is to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices.
Maite Sánchez Mancebo and Federica Flores Cadenas are the founders of Tashnika, an agency of designers in Uruguay seeking to solve tough problems through design. By working together as a small team and contracting required skills through their large professional network, Tashnika provides its clients with a full suite of design services, from product design to industrial and visual design. In all of its products, Tashnika aims to solve social and environmental problems through innovation and creativity.