February 17, 2014

Impact! Design for Social Change

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Photos by Keren Moscovitch.

Impact! Design for Social Change at the School of Visual Arts in New York in collaboration with Design Ignites Change, presents a series of free 30-minute webinars that explore how design-driven ideas for social good are launched. Registration is easy; you only need to sign up once on the Impact! Design for Social Change website. Archived sessions will be available a few days after they occur on the website.

Sessions are hosted by Mark Randall, chair of Impact! Design for Social Change in conversation with business leaders, creative professionals and influencers working in the area of social change. The line-up includes: John Bruce, Lee Davis, Ramsey Ford, Carly Leinheiser, Chelsea Mauldin + Emily Pilloton speaking on topics ranging from strategy and social entrepreneurship to working with the government and leveraging the power of youth.

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2014 Impact! Sessions:

February 21
Strategy Mapping: Starting Out Right with John Bruce
John is the co-founder of Forward Mapworks—a strategic consulting firm using whole systems mapping to navigate the complexity of contemporary business challenges. John will discuss strategic tools for guiding design and community goals for mutual measurable success.

March 7
Social Design Entrepreneurship: In Search of the Holy Grail with Lee Davis
There are countless more designers eager and able to give their time to a social cause than there are job openings in this specific field. One solution to this dilemma designers have discovered is to launch their own social initiative. Lee Davis, currently a Scholar-in-Residence in Social Design at MICA and co-founder of NESsT, an organization that supports social enterprises, will discuss this and other issues related to social start-ups.

March 21
Design Citizen: Working with the Government with Chelsea Mauldin
Good design for government spaces and services is one of the most needed yet most untapped applications of social impact design. Chelsea will share insights that her organization, Public Policy Lab has developed through partnering with public agencies to improve the design of public services.

April 11
Embedded Design: Impact from the Bottom Up with Ramsey Ford
As co-founder of social design non-profit Design Impact, Ramsey Ford will share his first-hand experience with embedded design—a strategy to reconcile the top-down and bottom-up capabilities of designing with communities.

April 18
The Legal Labyrinth: Where do I Begin? with Carly Leinheiser
Carly, an attorney at Perlman and Perlman—a socially-minded law-firm—will help navigate some of the legal issues associated with starting a social impact effort, such as choosing between non-profit, for-profit, or B-Corp business structures.

May 2
Inspiring the Next Generation: Harnessing Brilliance with Emily Pilloton
Seasoned social impact designer Emily Pilloton will discuss how the organizations she founded, Project H and Camp H, use the power of creativity, design, and hands-on building to amplify the raw brilliance of youth, transform communities, and improve K–12 public education from within.

A summer of social design at the School of Visual Arts:
Design innovation is a powerful process for non-profits to discover, incubate, and implement meaningful projects to serve communities; social consciousness is an effective and competitive position for all types of businesses—from start-ups to Fortune 500s. How does a creative professional emerge as a social impact designer and move project ideas forward?

The School of Visual Arts in New York City is offering one-week and six-week social design workshops this summer for educators, creative professionals, and advanced college students. Visit the Impact! Design for Social Change website to learn more:

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