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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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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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