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Hannah Du Plessis Speaks about Truth and Understanding at TEDxPittsburgh

As a treasured member of the DSI faculty since our inaugural year, Hannah has been helping our students understand who they are, and who they can aspire to be as social change agents in whatever community in which they’re working. She’s taking some of her knowledge public now, with her TEDx talk in Pittsburgh. This…

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A Scholarship for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

We are excited continue our partnership with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program for the approaching Fall 2017 academic year. The program provides a great opportunity for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to continue their service to underserved communities while also pursing graduate studies at a reduced cost. DSI will offer a select Fellow a $20,000…

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Cheryl Heller and Matt Enstice on Social Design and Cities

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) new podcast series, Talking Cities, hosted by president & CEO Matt Enstice, investigates cutting-edge innovations for cities in America and beyond, featuring people our team has connected with who are creating vibrant, healthier, and more sustainable communities. Each episode explores themes of furthering economic growth, igniting urban revitalization, and building strong,…

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DSI Advisor Erik Hersman in the Big News

When Mark Zuckerberg made his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa recently, he ended up at “the most famous of Africa’s Innovation hubs.” According to Forbes, “He also popped into the office of BRCK, a remarkable internet connectivity device that has since morphed into a clever education system for the developing world. Both have been co-founded…

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The Measured Symposium. Understanding and Scaling the Impact of Design

http://measured.design January 24, 2017 The social design process – human centered design principles, methods and tools – is being used by a growing number of funders, designers and social sector practitioners as an approach to solving complex social problems. Significant resources are being invested, and an enormous buzz has emerged about design’s potential for increasing…

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Ivan Boscariol, ’16 Has Been Named a Public Service Designer at EloGroup in Brasília

As of last week, Ivan is now working at EloGroup, a consultancy transforming organizations in both the private and public sector by helping them grow sustainably. Ivan’s principle focus will center on developing more innovative approaches for the Brazilian government within the GovLab initiative.

Rodrigo Muñoz, ’16, Goes From Graduate Student to Professor

Within a month of graduating from DSI, Rodrigo Muñoz has become a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador, where he’ll be teaching at the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts (COCOA). His courses will range from Fundamentals of Design and Software to advanced Thesis and Research studies. USFQ is a…

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Transmedia Activism by Faculty Alison Cornyn Works to Help Young Incarcerated Women

“Incorrigibles” tells the stories of young girls imprisoned in New York State over the last 100 years. Drawing on personal narratives of the women themselves, the project investigates the “justice” in juvenile justice and social services. Archival documents from the New York State Training School for Girls (1904-1975), accounts by living former inmates confined during this…

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Karla Despradel, ’17, is Spending the Summer Helping Redesign Population Health Practice

Karla is interning at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai, contributors to DSI’s Harlem First initiative last spring. The institute’s mission is to broaden the understanding and purview of global health, making its hidden infrastructure visible so new solutions can be developed and impact can be scaled. Karla has joined the Practice Transformation team, which…

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