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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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In the Ecuadorian Rainforest

In our Communication Design class, teams choose from a group of diverse clients, to learn to use communication to help them achieve their mission to solve social problems. This year, clients are Encore (helping older adults connect to purpose), Going to School (helping school children in India become social entrepreneurs), BarberShop Books (overcoming book deserts…

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Grace Hsieh ’16 Thesis Project Fishwish Selected by FastCompany for World Changing Ideas Finalist

Launched this year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase honors businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. All of the finalists are highlighted in the April issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands on March 27th. Fishwish is a mobile app that strives to disrupt the food scene by…

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Designing a Way to Measure the Impact of Design

A group of diverse funders, business leaders, and practitioners are looking to quantify the potential of social design — the application of design methodologies to solutions for complex human problems — to improve lives.

DSI Faculty Alison Cornyn Awarded TED Residency

On March 6, TED welcomed its latest class to the TED Residency program. As an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas, Residents spend four months in the TED office with other exceptional people from all over the map. Each has a project that promises to make a significant contribution to the world, across several different fields.

AIGA Design Leader Interview Series: Cheryl Heller

Former and current Women Lead committee members based in New York; top row from left to right: Cheryl Heller, Debbie Millman, Jada Britto, Heather Stern. Seated, from left to right: Lynda Decker, Deborah Adler. Photo by John Madere. Originally posted on AIGA.org For AIGA Women Lead’s first interview series, we sat down with women pioneers…

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Faculty Asi Burak: Gamers Have ‘Power as a Movement’

Gone are the days when switching on a video game meant chewing up blinking Pac-Dots or dodging banana peels on a Mario Kart racecourse. As video games have evolved over the past several decades to incorporate the latest technologies available, so, too, has their ability to impact players and generate lasting change, according to a veteran Israeli game creator and social entrepreneur.

Games for Impact Welcomes Cornell Tech

The Games for Impact class, taught by Asi Burak and Toni Pizza, recently presented their first game assignment, in the inaugural class integrating students from Cornell Tech. Students developed a “non-impact” game under assigned creative constraints, in order to practice game-making tools, processes and game mechanics to generate player engagement. The resulting games were an…

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Ivan Boscariol, ’16, is Bringing Social Design to the Public Sector in Brazil

Certain students exemplify the wisdom that what we get out of experiences is what we put in. Ivan engaged in DSI to the fullest. His curiosity, and his desire to make the most of his time with us drove him to take advantage of every opportunity for elective classes and workshops, conversations with speakers, engagement…

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A Scholarship from DSI to Honor Dr. Paul Polak…and You, Maybe?

Paul Polak is a social entrepreneur and designer who has brought twenty million people out of poverty. He may be the most important social innovator of all time. At over eighty, he’s still founding companies that will help millions. He’s an important friend and mentor to the DSI program, and every year we give a…

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