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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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On The Radio: Interviews with Measured Speakers and Provocateurs

In the midst of the crowded SVA theater, Denver Frederick, host of the radio show The Business of Giving (@BizofGive) on New York’s WNYM-AM (970) managed to interview a number of the participants.  Hear for yourself at the links below. Laurie Leitch Cheryl Heller Maggie Breslin Jonathan McKay Doug Powell

Measured ))

Last Tuesday, two hundred and fifty people gathered at the SVA theater in New York to begin the conversation about measuring the impact of social design on health. It was informative, exciting, energized. And it wasn’t enough. We knew it would be only a beginning. In the weeks to come, we will be creating a…

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Faculty Asi Burak: How Video Games Can Change the World

The new book, Power Play: How Video Games Can Save The World, by Asi Burak and Laura Parker, was just released. Asi is well known in the game world as the creator of PeaceMaker and the former executive director of Games For Change. For quite a while now, he has been the go-to source for understanding the social impact gaming movement.

Thank You, Doug Powell

For three days last week, the design world in New York got brighter, especially twenty-third and twenty-fourth streets in the SVA neighborhoods of Chelsea. Doug Powell was in town, as a keynote speaker at the Measured Summit, and as a guest at the DSI Wednesday Guest Lecture class. Doug founded one of the country’s most…

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Yuka Fukuoka ’18 Will Present Speech Disorder Device at SXSW

This March DSI student Yuka Fukuoka will be presenting STACHA, a wearable device aimed at educating people on the difficulties of stuttering, at the SXSW’s Interactive Festival. Motivated by her personal journey, STACHA was designed with a team from both her home country of Japan, and the US. The collar-like device, which simulates the speech barrier and induces the physical response of stuttering, hopes…

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An Interview with Measured Summit Organizer Cheryl Heller

A quick download of “The Measured Summit: Measuring the Impact of Social Design on Human Health,” happening next Tuesday, January 24th, in NYC. What is the Summit? Why is it happening? Who will be there? Our interview with the Summit’s lead organizer, Cheryl Heller, will help you get queued in to what’s going on.

Getting Real About How to Solve the Problems That Matter

Originally posted on Unreasonable.is Photo by Qianshang Chen If we learned anything from the 2016 election (and I’m not yet sure we have), it’s that every single one of us is capable of believing only the version of truth we want to hear, and tuning out the views that threaten ours. Reality is suddenly an…

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