OCAD is proud to announce the launch of the Art & Design Society, a new patron's circle supporting and promoting the education of emerging artists and designers.
To celebrate this exciting new initiative, the Art & Design Society is presenting a free public talk by Dr. Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprises, a global non-profit organization that has helped 17 million people in developing countries escape poverty. His new book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, exposes the flaws in Western efforts to alleviate poverty and offers effective alternatives. Dr. Polak's talk will preview the highly anticipated Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum touring exhibition, Design for the Other 90%, which opens at the OCAD Professional Gallery during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 4, 2008.
A psychiatrist for 23 years, Paul Polak founded Colorado-based non-profit International Development Enterprises (IDE) in 1981 to develop practical solutions that attack poverty at its roots. IDE has helped 17 million farmers increase their net income by $288 million annually. In 2003, Scientific American named Paul Polak one of their "Top 50" for his leadership in agriculture policy. Polak also received Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the social responsibility category in 2004. Under Polak’s guidance, IDE has obtained more than $40 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Polak is a compassionate spokesperson for establishing market opportunities that serve the poor. He has presented to enthusiastic audiences at Pop!Tech, the Social Venture Network Conference and numerous academic and professional conferences, and his 2008 talks include speaking to 3,000 engineers and educators as the Distinguished Lecturer at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. in June. He has been interviewed by National Geographic Weekend radio program and Wisconsin Public Radio and other shows, and featured in leading publications, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.
About the Art & Design Society
The Art & Design Society of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is made up of collaborators, partners, builders and “co-dreamers” who play a leading role in supporting OCAD's drive to be recognized as one of the world's leading universities of art and design. Membership benefits include invitations to exclusive events, lectures by leaders in art and design, gallery openings, and behind-the-scenes tours of OCAD studios. To learn more, visit www.ocad.ca/thesociety.