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PhiLAnthropist: Project H's Abject Object Pairs Sustainable Design and Volunteerism to Empower Local Women

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Abject Object's Hammock Bag is created from old parachutes and easily transforms into a large shoulder bag. Photo courtesy of Project H.

There is no design without action; We design WITH, not FOR; We document, share and measure; We start locally and scale globally, We design systems, not stuff. - From Project H's Mission Statement.

We mentioned Project H's Abject Object in last week's PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide. Project H Design is definitely one of coolest organizations we learned about in 2009. And we're quite certain we'll be hearing about it more in 2010, and beyond.

27-year-old founder Emily Pilloton believes design can change the world. With the help of passionate and dedicated volunteers, Emily has created various Project H chapters, thought the country, with a focus on using design to help and empower individuals while making a lasting difference by solving problems. They achieve this by teaming up with local not-for-profits to tackle issues faced by individual communities.

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LA has had their own chapter and for a little over a year. They have collaborated with the Downtown Women's Center on Abject Object. LAist recently spoke with Kim Karlsrud, Project H volunteer and Los Angeles Chapter Head about the project's goals, success stories and their upcoming holiday sales event at Artecnica this Saturday.