Michael Murphy

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Michael Murphy co-founded MASS Design Group in 2007 to provide design services for underserved populations in the most resource-constrained settings. Through projects in Rwanda, Liberia, Burundi, and Haiti, MASS is combining low-cost, locally available construction materials with innovative and appropriate design. MASS’s projects reduce the in-hospital transmission of airborne diseases, improve learning opportunities for construction trades, and serve as an engine for economic growth, leveraging the design and building process to create both well-built environments and social change.
  • Fellow 2011 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2011
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The potential of human ingenuity and creativity: Part I

The potential of human ingenuity and creativity: Part I

Last week we had the pleasure of announcing the 2013 classes of PopTech Social Innovation Fellows and Science Fellows. From clean energy to understanding human well-being, to cultural preservation and disaster response – these 2013 Fellows underscore the program’s commitment to harnessing the power of human creativity and ingenuity, and how perseverance and an

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This week in PopTech: Designing for health, business and social good

This week in PopTech: Designing for health, business and social good

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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#ILoveArchitecture. Do you?

#ILoveArchitecture. Do you?

We admit it: we kind of have hashtag fever. While the initial novelty of Twitter is wearing off (and as it has increasingly become a place for spambots and psychotrons), it’s interesting to see how the tool usage is morphing and how it still very much has the power to do what all social media claims to do: bring people together.

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the pro

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Interview: Michael Murphy on architecting health

Interview: Michael Murphy on architecting health

Michael Murphy, Founding Partner and Executive Director of MASS Design Group is an architect who explores questions with an anthropologist’s sensitivity to cultural context.Read more »

Social Innovation Fellow spotlight: Michael Murphy

Social Innovation Fellow spotlight: Michael Murphy

Social Innovation Fellow Michael Murphy is looking at ways design can help address social issues. His company MASS Design takes a holistic approach to building environments that are innovative, involve local investments and are well-designed. 

As an example, Murphy discussed a recent hospital project in northern Rwanda. Knowing that many hospitals

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Welcoming the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2011

Welcoming the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2011

PopTech is proud to announce the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2011!

This year’s Fellows are spearheading a compelling set of solutions to global challenges. They are reconnecting refugee families, helping people become “makers” of their own technology, improving local food production and distribution, and getting to the heart of measuring

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