Third World solutions to First World problems

Design for the First World

I’m not sure if this is a joke or not, but it is a good idea:

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. […]

The activ­i­ties car­ried out under the Inter­na­tional Year focus on:

*Reduc­ing obesity.
*Address­ing aging pop­u­la­tion and low birth rate.
*Reduc­ing con­sump­tion rate of mass pro­duced goods.
*Inte­grat­ing the immigrant population.

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.

Design for the First World

(via Chris Arkenberg)


  1. If we aren’t careful, third-world solutions will be applied to first-world problems sonner than we think.

    • Oh, Bill Whitcomb. You totally missed the point, didn’t you.
      I’m from the Third World and I spell better than you so it might not be as bad as you presume.

  2. Thanks for posting!

    It is indeed a serious competition, the sarcasm intends to highlight all the bad foreign aid and foreign policies from the first world.

  3. cool principle in your own weblog, is it a premium a single

  4. Clarence Shubert

    November 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

    This is indeed a serious suggestion. Many of the methods developed to deal with 3rd world problems are relevant to the 1st world. Primary health care is one example that is particularly relevant to lower health care costs particularly for the elderly. Restorative justice would help lower incarceration rates. There are many others as well. I know of this because I have worked in developing countries for over 30 years.

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