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Art and Design Reflect and Shape Society

Our 2022 Cycle Will Be Announced in The GBs Discord Community was started at Harvard University by Prof Beth Altringer Eagle in 2020 to honor diverse artists whose work helps people see and think differently. In 2021, our Director left Harvard to connect more directly with the arts in a new role at RISD and Brown University. became an independent foundation in late 2021. At Art Basel in December, we officially partnered with The GBs NFT Project for our 2022 fellowship nomination cycle.

Nominations this year will be managed inside The GBs Discord Community. 

Only active GB NFT holders have the power to make 2022 nominations.

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We are honoring creatives who help people see and think differently.


To ‘balter’ means to dance, without any particular grace or skill, but usually with enjoyment. This fellowship is designed to honor diverse creators and help them learn from each other, explore new business models, forge novel collaborations, or just enjoy trying.

For Fellows

Goals of the Balter Fellows community The program provides an online community where fellows can anonymously or visibly engage each other in co-working, critique, collaboration, and discussion. A priority discussion theme for 2022 will be NFTs and emerging business models in the arts.

What is the expected commitment of fellows? Fellows agree to show up for other creatives in the community. This means joining the online group, showing up to a couple of virtual events, and being open to discussion and collaboration with other fellows. The time commitment for most fellows is not more than a few hours a month.

Is this a formal affiliation? Does it come with funding? This program has the sole purpose of honoring outstanding creatives and connecting them virtually around shared interests. All fellows remain based in their own practice and/or place of employment. There is no funding, no expectation to work on a specific project, and no formal or employee relationship implied with the fellowship. 

For Nominators

Nominators must hold one or more of the official GB NFTs and participate in the GB Discord Community. Nominators help us find and celebrate the people who help us all see and think differently.

Criteria for Nominees

To qualify, nominated creators and their projects should meet all of the following criteria:

  • World class: The creators and/or their projects are recognized as world-class
  • Inspiring: The product or experience pushes the boundary of how design and the arts can shape a more vibrant and collaborative future society.
  • Diverse: The creators embody values of diversity in one or more ways: gender, race, culture, region, socioeconomic level, and their creative practice. We are open to nominations that are ‘outside’ the norms of their practice.

We also accept nominations of people who may not be creators themselves, but have a track record of supporting  diverse creatives and meaningfully including the communities represented in their work.

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Nominate a person or team whose exceptional work helps people see and think differently.

Nominations, once they open, are accepted on a rolling basis. They are only processed annually.

We are collaborating with The GBs NFT Project for 2022 nominees and the process will be managed in collaboration with The GBs Discord community.

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Theory, Research & Practice

The Design Lab’s mission is to make Harvard University a world leader in product design theory, research, and practice. We help creators develop more desirable and diverse products and services based on research. Our definition of ‘Desirable Designs’ are those that:

  1. Reduce stress and/or add delight to people’s lives.
  2. Are as inclusive as possible.
  3. Are developed based on quality design and UX research.
  4. Feel organic.
  5. Account for complex attitudes and behaviors, recognizing that someone who, for example, cares about the environment can have contradictory behaviors by recycling (+), eating a lot of meat (-), and flying frequently (-).

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This section is for students enrolled in the Fall 2020 ES285 course at Harvard University