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MK Loomis,’14, is Having a Huge Career

She’s a senior product designer at the huge interaction design company conveniently called Huge, working in their Brooklyn office immediately after school, then recently relocating to the office in Los Angeles. MK can’t talk about anything she’s working on (that’s a sign of someone who works on very big projects for very big companies. (Is…

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It All Began With a Workshop in Hunan and Ended Up With a National Award in China

Wei Zheng, a student in the first graduating class at DSI, came from the city of Changsha in Hunan Province, where she attended Hunan Normal University. She organized a workshop at Hunan Normal, where Cheryl Heller, DSI chair and DSI advisory Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director of the Social Innovation Lab at Babson College in Boston,…

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JSI, DSI, M&E

We’re not fond of acronyms, but they seem to be unavoidable in contemporary life, since otherwise sentences would be more than twice as long. The translation of this headline is: John Snow, Inc, the global Measurement and Evaluation company came to MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA last week to teach the second of…

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A Workshop at DSI on Defusing Hate and Counteracting Dangerous Speech

The human tendency toward violence is a tricky, delicate thing. It gets triggered when we feel afraid or threatened, ‘fight or flight’ as we’ve all heard before. We usually associate this with a physical situation, the visceral feeling of fear when confronted by threat of bodily harm. But Rachel Brown studies how words make us feel threatened, how words drive us to harm and to hate. On November 16th and 30th, she shared her insights with DSI in two workshop sessions that took students through the steps outlined in her Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech as part of DSI’s staple Global Guest Lecture class.

Elizabeth Abernethy, ’15, Mixes Social Design and Business in Silicon Valley

Liz Abernethy came to DSI directly after completing her undergraduate degree in design. Most of her design peers were going into advertising or marketing, but to Liz, that “just felt really wrong.” She knew she wanted to use her skills for something bigger. That’s when she found DSI. Liz said, “I felt like it spoke…

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Hannah Phang and Rinat Sherzer ’16 Bring Social Design to Cornell University

Recently launched innovation lab Of Course Global started by alums Hannah Phang and Rinat Sherzer brings social impact and innovation into businesses and educational institutes. Within businesses, they leverage their existing products, services, and technologies, to create new offerings that benefit people, the community, the business, and the planet. With institutes such as universities, they…

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International Students Information Video, 2016

Welcome to our international information session, wherever you are in the world. We have a tradition to post, after our New York reception, an online welcome to all our international applicants. In this film, you’ll see a number of our international students telling you why they came to DSI, and what they want to do…

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These Four Groups Are Using Design to Induce Social Change

A recap of ideas that emerged from Better World By Design 2016, the annual design conference led by RISD and Brown students.

A Definition Five Years in the Making

Social innovation design is the creation and propagation of healthy, mutually beneficial relationships between humans, technology and the earth. It has the potential to impact every business, government, city, neighborhood and individual. This is what our program is about, what we teach and what our graduates are out in the world doing. To put it more succinctly, it’s the design of the relationships between people and things instead of only the things themselves.

Kenyan Startup Ushahidi Launches a Crowdsourced Campaign to Monitor the U.S. Election

DSI Advisor Erik Hersman, founder of Ushahidi, a non-profit that uses crowdsourcing as a model for social activism and public accountability, has launched a campaign to observe the upcoming U.S. elections.

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