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The iDE Paul Polak Award for Social Innovation

iDE and RedLine

Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (MDT)

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Paul Polak Award invitation

Steve Bachar, Ellen Bruss and Mark Falcone, Bruce DeBoskey, Al and Agatha Doerksen, Zach Frisch,

Paula Herzmark, Peter Kudla, Laura and David Merage, Mike McCune, Dave Taylor, Jory Wolf,

and Les and Marianne Woodward invite you to attend

The Inauguaral iDE Paul Polak Award for Social Innovation

Join us at the acclaimed Smithsonian / Cooper Hewitt “Design for the Other 90%” 
exhibit for an evening of commemoration, conversation and inspiration.

THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2011, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

RedLine Urban Laboratory, 2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO
6:00 p.m. • Cocktails, Passed Hors D’Oeuvres and Music 
7:00 p.m. • Dinner
7:30 • Award Program

$300 per ticket; $2500 per table of eight

Please contact Heidi Cuppari at 720-235-3444 or for more information.


If you cannot attend but would like to support the Award by making a donation to iDE in honor of Paul Polak, please click here.

Ball Corporation logo

Ball Corporation is the presenting sponsor for this award


About the award recipient:

Paul Polak, author of ‘Out of Poverty’ and the visionary behind this concept, inspired this design revolution by founding iDE in 1982.  For the past three decades, Paul Polak has worked with farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved 19 million people out of poverty.

About the iDE Paul Polak Award for Social Innovation:

Established in 2011, concurrent with the closing of the “Design for the Other 90%” exhibit at RedLine in Denver, the Paul Polak Award for Social Innovation honors the important legacy of Paul Polak, whose work has inspired 19 million of the world’s poorest people to become entrepreneurs; increasing their income and livelihoods, and bringing their families out of poverty for generations. This award will be presented annually to a deserving individual social innovator or organization that has significantly advanced design that serves the “other 90%,” or otherwise demonstrated significant impact using principles articulated by Paul Polak throughout his career.

In its inaugural year, the award will be given to its namesake, Dr. Paul Polak. In subsequent years, iDE will select a jury of industry leaders and development practitioners to review nominated individuals and entities, and choose the award recipient from that pool of nominees. Each year, iDE will offer an organization partner the opportunity to sponsor the award in its name.


Have questions about The iDE Paul Polak Award for Social Innovation? Contact iDE and RedLine

When & Where

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205

Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (MDT)

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iDE and RedLine

iDE ( is a nonprofit social enterprise unleashing the power of innovation and market forces for poor farm families in the developing world, helping them access the tools and knowledge they need to increase their income. For over 28 years, iDE has continued to develop its market-based approach by designing affordable tools, improving market access, increasing agricultural production, and creating sustainable local businesses. To date, iDE staff throughout the world, have helped more than 19 million people lift themselves out of poverty. 
RedLine ( is a nonprofit organization and diverse urban laboratory where art, education and community converge. Our vision is to foster forms of social practice in the arts that inspire inquiry and catalyze change. With its dynamic physical space, talented Resident Artists and proximity to some of the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods, RedLine continues to evolve into a center for contemporary art where creative expression is celebrated and integrated into the fabric of our community.
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