We want to thank Ryan Rumsey for his advice to Yuan Zheng, our Product Design intern, during this exclusive interview. Ryan is the author of Business Thinking for Designers, a book published by InVision, and the CEO of Second Wave Dive. He has previously led Experience Strategy at USAA, built Product and Design organizations at Electronic Arts as well as Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, and developed best-in-class software for Apple.

In this interview, Ryan talks about how an early career designer can navigate company business models, the role designers play in helping businesses create a more positive impact on society, and introduces the works of other design leaders committed to delivering social impact. He celebrates the works by Dori Tunstall, Erika Hall, and Mike Monteiro on ethical designs, as well as Boyuan Gao, Sam Kapila, and Jahan Mantin’s works on equity and inclusion.

In this exclusive interview, Ari Franklin talks about his experience as the Director of Product from Stronghold Resource Partners, an investment manager focusing on energy and natural resources. He gives advice to Yuan Zheng, our product design intern, and talks about the post-covid work environment as well as the way sustainability will impact the role of product designers and product managers. Prior to his current role, Ari led multiple product teams along Dell’s entire product life cycle at Pivotal Labs. Thank you for the interview!

We asked Deven Malone, our Summer Policy Analyst, to interview one of our newest member of the Unbuilt Labs family – David Leys. David spoke about what he is looking forward to as a Winter Policy Analyst, why he is taking California and New York Bar exams despite being a qualified lawyer of the Brussels Bar, and his perspectives on sustainable fashion.

Mango is main ingredient in Coca-Cola, and like other ingredients, mainly sourced from India. Due to the poor utilization of crop output, farmers faced several challenges like low income and inability to adopt modern methods of cultivation.

Bonsucro is a global multi-stakeholder non-profit organization that exists to promote sustainable sugarcane production, processing and trade around the world. Bonsucro supports a community of over 280 members in over 50 countries, drawn from all elements of the sugarcane supply chain, including, farmers, millers, traders, buyers and support organizations.

According to Drinks Industry Sustainability Index – Trends Report 2020 (C&C Group plc, & Footprint Intelligence, 2020), the beverage industry scored only 4.8 (10) on sustainability. The report showed that there were some good practices in the beverage industry, for example, people realize the importance of packaging. But because the beverage industry is highly energy intensive, the carbon footprint is huge considering the transportation and waste of raw materials, packaging and final product.

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