3 suggestions for assorted inspiration. It would be nice if you can collect more as comments to this post.
Design Like You Give a Damn
Ed by Architecture for Humanity
A compendium of innovative architectural projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of the design of our living environment to improve lives. Themes: sustainable develoment, relief, manifesto for a better world, architecture, design
The Face of Human Rights
dited by Lars Müller and Walter Kälin
A pictorial perspective on human rights standards defined by international law and how its applied. It documents human rights violations worldwide through highly visual material, with lots of facts and figures. The publication is intended to help an international public to understand the complex demands, connections, and obstacles involved in a just and fair life together for all human being.
by Tibor Kalman, Maira Kalman
A chaotic blend of current images from all over the world about everyday dfashin design. (un)Fashion is a personal and loosely anthropological photo essay by graphic designer Tibor Kalman and Illustrator Maira Kalman. Full of costumes, clothes, faces, and cultures.