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The world is facing multiple crises.  But what can we do? "Make the World a Better Place" helps answer that question.  Kozma’s deep analyses coupled with case studies of groups already at work makes this an essential book for everyone: citizens, designers, and most importantly, decision makers in business and government.

Don Norman, PhD

Distinguished professor and founder of the Design Lab, Emeritus

University of California, San Diego

Author of Design for a Better World

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Has design lost its moral compass? Kozma's "Design a Better World" comes at important time in human history as unintended consequences of design are causing harm and benefits at scale. This book is a must read for all with an interest in the future of design.

Jim Spohrer, PhD

Apple and IBM retired executive

Board of Directors, International Society of Service Innovation Professionals


Dr. Kozma shares his decades of his experience designing and studying designs for the audacious goal of making our lives and world better. He offers concrete principles and processes to help us design better and to think critically about the designs in our lives. The book is fun to read with informative case studies that demonstrate the myriad ways that design impacts us all. The world is in need of better design, and Kozma’s book shows us how to get there.

Mark Guzdial, PhD

Director, Program in Computing for the Arts and Sciences,

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 

College of Engineering

University of Michigan


I have come to see that, at one level, democracy is a design problem - from the writing of a constitution to the structure of a Town Hall meeting to the layout of a ballot. But today’s crisis of democracy runs deep and turns on the function of society itself. To address this larger societal problem, Kozma expands the scope of Design in this comprehensive and compelling book. Here broad theory and detailed application inform each other, pointing the way toward a society in which individuals and communities can flourish and the ideals of democratic governance may come to fruition.

Robert Cavalier, PhD

Director, Program for Deliberative Democracy

Emeritus Teaching Professor of Philosophy

Carnegie Mellon University


Following on Don Norman's landmark books (“Design of Everyday Things” and “Emotional Design”), Kozma's  "Make the World a Better Place" crystallizes, in accessible prose, with plenty of detail, where the field of designing “everyday things” needs to be going.  Kozma’s book is a GPS for HCI.

Elliot Soloway, PhD

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

University of Michigan


This book is true to its title in helping the reader understand at the deepest level how each of us can make the world a better place. It neither preaches nor simplifies the task, but rather presents through captivating real-world examples of design successes and failures across multiple fields the moral imperative of designing well. Reading the manuscript has taught me that we are all in some way designers, and it has enhanced my work as a law professor and foundation executive.

Jay Folberg, JD

Professor and Dean Emeritus

School of Law

University of San Francisco 

Founding Executive Director, The JAMS Foundation


I highly recommend Bob Kozma's new book, “Make the World a Better Place:

Design with Passion, Purpose, and Values”.  This book is an important--and timely--addition to that of other pioneers in many fields who have been promoting the importance of students’ learning design thinking/doing in K-16 (and graduate school) education. But more than this, it deals with issues that are often not emphasized--values, ethics, and connecting passion with purpose. This book will be invaluable to learners and designers of all ages and backgrounds in collaborating together to to deal with solving complex, sometimes called "wicked," problems and issues requiring transdisciplinary, systems thinking, on a global scale--and critical to our survival and continued growth.

Ted M. Kahn, PhD

CEO and Chief Futurist and Learning Architect

DesignWorlds for Learning and

DesignWorlds for College and Careers


As a society we have the means to design our way out of wicked problems. Good design can reduce harm, increase happiness, and improve equity and shared prosperity. This knowledge is powerful. It can fill us with optimism. Kozma gets to the very root of design’s relationship to culture and the real human consequences that flow from the design process. The book is a must read for those interested in design for the greater good.

Robert Ferry

Registered Architect LEED AP

Co-founder, Land Art Generator Initiative


With his meticulous research, multifaceted thinking, and marvelous prose, Robert Kozma takes us on a quite memorable journey to make the world a better place.

Curtis J. Bonk, PhD

Professor of Instructional Systems Technology

Indiana University

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