Fast Company Magazine has discovered a design genius – Hilary Cottam, founding director of Participle, a design team that uses its skills to address social issues in England.

One innovation they created is Peckham Circle, a service that provides practical assistance to seniors who are alone in their community and who are worried about how to deal with every day tasks.

Cottam is one of a new wave of design evangelists who are trying to change the world for the better. They believe that many of the institutions of the 20th century are failing and that design can help us to build new ones better suited to the demands of this century.

The world will be a better place when we have more people like Hilary Cottam.