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Cheryl Heller Awarded a Practitioner Fellowship in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Program

Cheryl Heller will complete a month-long residency in Bellagio, Italy, to advance her work on a book to be published in 2018. The Intergalactic Design Guide: A Quantum Approach to Human and Planetary Potential is an essential overview of the growing field of social design, demystifying the complex co-creative process and mapping solutions at the…

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Stephen Morrison, ’18 Reports on His Design Impact Group Fellowship

Awarded the Design Impact Group (DIG) Fellowship, student Stephen Morrison is spending the summer on a 6-country, multi-region, mixed-methods research project, researching the motivations and psychometrics that underlie the financial lives and behaviors of people in developing countries. The goal, to produce a globally applicable segmentation framework that guides and inspires investment in new tools…

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A Move for Hunger Hackathon with DSI Students

This past weekend DSI students Sandy Ng, Hrudaya Yanamandala, and Yuka Fukuoka participated in the NBCUniversal Social Hack, a two day event bringing together developers, designers and data scientists to help prototype solutions for real-world problems. Taking 4th place, the team found the experience to be a great success with hopes their idea may be…

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Dear Jeff Bezos, Have You Ever Been to the Amazon?

This letter is a response to your request for ideas — for the philanthropic strategy you’re thinking about. You say you like long term, but you’re drawn to “the other end of the spectrum: the right now.” I get that, and have the perfect answer for you, one that serves both ends at the same…

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Measured: London

Gill Wildman, of Plot London came to New York to participate in our Measured Summit last January, and we got to talking about the high level of interest in her home town for measuring the impact of social design. We went there, and hosted a “brilliant” British evening. Gill led, Jesper Christiansen was there and…

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Maia Kaufman ’16 completes the SVA GroundFloor Incubator with a new brand.

The year long fellowship provides rigorous mentorship in the development of SVA graduate enterprises. Over a 16 week intensive of prototyping, workshops and advisement students develop their ventures and businesses. Maia’s process was integral​ to the trajectory ​and rebranding of the V-Store​, a retail space dedicated to Women’s sexual health, now titled Maam. While the…

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Faculty Asi Burak of Power Play to Help Launch Skoltech Esports Academy in Moscow

Once a niche phenomenon relegated to cramped computer labs, esports – video-game tournaments played between professional gamers before live and online audiences – has burst into the mainstream. A recent survey conducted by L.E.K. Consulting revealed that at increasing rates, millennials are shirking traditional sports viewership and embracing esports. “Though such events aren’t organized in…

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Chicken Little Takes a Hit, Again

Once upon a time not that long ago, in a land nearby to everywhere, Chicken Little was hit on the head by an acorn while on his way through the forest to get to school. Stunned and traumatized, he instinctively reached for his iPhone and tweeted: “#theskyisfalling,” assuming that as usual, it would be seen only by his small group of followers...

Emily Herrick ’16, speaks about “The Constitutionary” for AIGA Design for Good

DSI Alum Emily Herrick ’16, service designer at Reboot, joined Tomas Ives, designer and special projects director of the Government of Chile, and Chelsea Mauldin of Public Policy Lab in the fourth episode of the Design for Good webcast series, “The Constitutionary,” on March 17, 2017. The series is a resource for practical information and…

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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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