Saving the First World Countries from Themselves
This does sound like a joke, but I don’t think so.
It often happens that first world ideology is used in an “I know what’s good for you, and you should listen to me” manner and end up causing problems with third world people perhaps more interested in other self-preservation activities. That OLPC was one such project that suffered such a fate.
Perhaps it is about time to flip this approach on its head and look at this from another viewpoint, a viewpoint that really is all about going back to the basics. Maybe:
First World problems demand Simple Third World solutions.
Can third world countries help first world countries save themselves from their problems such as low birth rates, obesity, unsustainable living and food production etc.? Or will this end up to be another OLPC project, but in reverse?
Fortunately, this somehow makes sense. Modern living complicates our lives to the extreme with a number of side effects such as a sedentary living leading to obesity. We were so much healthier and sustainable in the past. Perhaps we do need to look back at our simpler times to better understand how we got to where we are now and how we can fix our first world problems.
Our fellows in the first world often come to visit and give us their well intentioned but often very problematic “solutions”. We thought, why don’t we pay back? Dx1W is a competition for designers, artists, scientists, makers and thinkers in developing countries to provide solutions for First World problems.
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.
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.