Millicent Barty2021-2022 Columbia University Scholars
Founder and Lead Designer, Millicent Designs
Millicent Barty is a social entrepreneur, designer and advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship across the Pacific. In light of the high illiteracy rate among the adult population in the Solomon Islands, Millicent uses oral history practices and infographic designs to enable all people to make informed decisions about crucial policies and projects that affect their communities. By bridging the communication divide between development agencies, national governments, and rural communities, she has successfully mediated conversations that contributed to the successful launch of two national infrastructure development projects. As the lead designer for the National General Election in 2019, Millicent designed voter-awareness guides, 500,000 of which were distributed across the country inside bags of rice—a practice that NGOs have since used to disseminate information on other critical issues such as gender-based violence.
In 2018, Millicent received the Queen’s Young Leader Award and she is an Adviser to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Board which supports young changemakers across the Commonwealth. Millicent holds a bachelor’s degree from Goldsmiths, University of London.