Annotated bibliography

This is a good example of an annotated bibliography.

[This does not replace a ‘literature review’ but is a start of this process of finding out what has already been said about your subject]

The major sources that I will use are:

Design like you Give a Damn by Cameron Silver. Cameron Silver and Kate Stohr founded the pioneering non-profit, Architecture for Humanity, in 1999. AFH set out to enlist the international design community to participate in collaborative, on-the-ground projects building shelters for refugees and victims of disaster around the world. One of my favorite projects featured in Design Like You Give a Damn, the Play Pump, is a beautiful example of innovative design, created in rural South Africa. With the Play Pump, utility and childhood fun merge into an ingenuous solution for pumping water through the rotation of a merry-go-round. (

Cradle to Cradle, written by William McDonough with his colleague, the German chemist Michael Braungart, is a manifesto calling for the transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design. Through compelling examples of innovative products and business strategies already reshaping the marketplace, McDonough and Braungart make the case that an industrial system that “takes, makes and wastes” can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value. (

Massive Change: A Manifesto for the Future Global Design Culture by Bruce Mau, with Jennifer Leonard and the Institute without Boundaries, looks at how design can be used as a methodology to address the problems inherent to our social, economic and political systems. It focuses on the implementation of new ideas and technologies to address issues like environmental sustainability and poverty. (

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde is another manifesto, this time on the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. When applied to a people and a culture, The Gift reminds of the importance of preserving the creative spirit inorder to ensure that that same people and culture survive. (

Future wise: the Six Faces of Global Change by Patrick Dixon explores six major trends that we all need to adapt to: Fast—speed will be everything; Urban—how the emphasis on cities will intensify; Tribal—conflicts of culture and conscience, for example in Europe; Universal—the forces of globalism; Radical—the reaction against 20th century values; and Ethical—a new morality. (

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles is considered a philosophy of Mental Science or Mind Science which may have preceded the New Thought movement. His theories still have relevance today based as they are on the ‘natural law’ that like causes always produce like effects. When applied to the ‘Africa question,’ his theories provide an interesting ‘what if..?’ opportunity. (


The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities of Our Time by Jefrey Sachs. Celebrated economist Jeffrey Sachs has a plan to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025. His focus is on the one billion poorest individuals around the world who are caught in a poverty trap of disease, physical isolation, environmental stress, political instability, and lack of access to capital, technology, medicine, and education. The goal is to help these people reach the first rung on the “ladder of economic development” so they can rise above mere subsistence level and achieve some control over their economic futures and their lives. To do this, Sachs proposes nine specific steps, which he explains in great detail in The End of Poverty. (


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