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Faculty Lee-Sean Huang Speaks on Big Data and Social Justice

Today, big data and information gleaned from algorithms are used to make determinations about everything from insurance rates to defendants’ flight risk. This reality was tackled by “The Big Data Society: How Algorithms Shape Opportunity and Disadvantage” panel at the 2017 Future of Wealth Summit. Moderator Lee-Sean Huang, co-founder and creative director of Foossa, and panelists Taylor…

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Cheryl Heller Joins the SOCAP Good Capital Project

We at SOCAP are excited to announce that Cheryl Heller, President of The Measured Lab, a firm dedicated to measuring the impact of design on social challenges, has joined the Good Capital Project team to partner in producing our two-year project that will reimagine the future of impact investing; scaling it from an emerging industry…

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Grace Hseih, ’16 Awarded the A’ Design Award in Graphics and Visual Communication Design

One of the largest annual juried design competitions, the A’ Design Award and Competition is organized and awarded internationally in a wide array of categories ranging from industrial design to architecture. Every year, projects that focus on innovation, technology, design and creativity are awarded with the A’ Award to push them further for success. Grace Hseih ’16 received the award for her project #afHDR,…

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The 2017 Thesis Show

This past Monday, May 1st, people watched from the auditorium at the SVA Theater and around the world as the newest graduates presented their thesis projects. After over a year of research, prototyping, refining, pivoting, research, prototyping, refining, breakthroughs, setbacks, insights, long days spent working with advisors, countless hours of rehearsing and sleepless nights, they…

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A Tribute to the Class of 2017

Every year, first year students create a film to send the graduating class off with their best wishes.

Paul Polak’s Work Inspires a Powerful Thesis

Pragya Mahendru, ’17, came to DSI to “equip herself with the tools necessary to take her ideas from prototypes to meaningful system change.” While here, she was inspired by the master of system change, Dr. Paul Polak. Paul’s life has been dedicated to helping over twenty million people move from poverty to the middle class,…

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Wear Your Values: A New Enterprise from Amer Jandali

Created for the DSI exhibit: Fix! An artful exhibit of tools for solving human problems in 2015,  Amer Jandali ’16 is taking Braceletote mainstream. Braceletote is a tote bag that folds up and becomes a bracelet. Always handy — it’s designed for the urban commuter. For the person making quick bodega stops during a commute, usually not as a…

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A Night of DSI Past, Present, and Future

Last Wednesday for the Global Guest Lecture, both new and old converged for an evening of DSI alumni, current, and newly accepted students. E​xchang​​​ing ​insights​, wisdom, and current/post DSI life tips, our community continues to grow and strengthen. We are excited to see what will come next. Alums included Josh Treuhaft ’14 Founder of Salvage…

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How Do We Really Know How Effective We Are?

In my last post, I wrote about the strong conviction that a growing number of funders, practitioners, evaluators and designers have – that social design is the most effective method for developing new systems, programs, services and interactions that will solve the major challenges of humanity. I also mentioned that we don’t yet have a concrete or evidence-based way to measure the difference it makes.

Sara Cornish is Playing Games for High Stakes

She came to DSI seeking new ways to create social impact, and instantly became a kind of emotional home plate for her cohort; the pioneering first class. She was the connector, the listener, the translator, the always ready smile. It came naturally to her. Now she’s putting all those qualities, as well as what she…

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