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Exhibition poster for Cooper Hewitt's 2016 exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America, an exhibition of 60 collaborative designs from throughout the United States and across borders, By the People challenges the country’s persistent social and economic inequality. Curator of Socially Responsible Design, Cynthia E. Smith, conducted over two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, areas impacted by natural and man-made disasters, and places of persistent poverty—in search of design for more inclusive and sustainable communities. The exhibition delivers a powerful message of optimism for achieving a more just and equitable society for all Americans through design.