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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.

Two Alums Discover A Unique Way To Cope With Anxiety Through Art

About 40 million adults suffer from the symptoms that come with anxiety. Anyone who has ever felt anxious knows how much that feeling completely stinks. Of course, there are degrees of anxiety that can run the gamut from just a little nervous energy to feeling like you’re on the brink of death. Either way, none of those feelings are fun. It’s even harder trying to explain to others exactly what’s wrong, right?

Josh Treuhaft’s Salvage Supper Club Expands to California and Japan

It’s a balmy Sunday night in late June in San Francisco, post-Pride parade, and I’m about to eat dinner in a pristine blue dumpster in a dead-end SOMA (South of Market) street. The event, Salvage Supperclub, seeks to draw attention to food waste and encourage home cooks to not throw out less than ideal, yet still edible stuff.

Meryl Natow and Forbes.com: Let Them Eat Bugs

Originally posted on forbes.com “It is widely accepted that by 2050 the world will host 9 billion people. To accommodate this number, current food production will need to almost double.” So begins the 200-page United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report from 2013 that advocates eating insects as an end run around a looming food…

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‘Boiling Down’ Project Fights Bullying Through the Power of Cooking

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of the many outstanding projects by 2016 Alumni Scholarship Award winners. First up is MFA Design for Social Innovation student Ivan Boscariol on his Boiling Down program, which aims to reduce bullying and challenge gender norms through the power of cooking.

DSI Students Participate in the Avenues Design4Impact Conference Showcase

DSI students Nazlı Cangönül, Lauren Gardner, Kara Isabella and Caroline McAndrews were invited to participate in the inaugural student-led Design 4 Impact Conference at Avenues, The World School in NYC on February 27th.

DSI Students Awarded Scholarships to Aid in Thesis

We would like to congratulate our very own DSI recipients of the SVA Alumni Scholarship Award Fund award, Lauren Gardner, Caroline McAndrews, and Ivan Boscariol! This year, 67 students were chosen from a pool of over 300 applicants, and were awarded scholarships worth more than $80,000 for their final year at SVA to aid in the completion of final thesis/portfolio projects.

Life After DSI: ALUMS Driving Change

We’re delighted to share news of three DSI alums from the class of ’15 who join a growing community of DSI alumni driving positive change through social innovation design.

DSI Alum Meryl Natow Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

From an initial screening list of more than 15,000 of the best of the best, the 600 women and men featured in the Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30 are America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars. Name a business sector, social issue or essential institution, they are taking it on and changing the rules of the game – or creating entirely new playbooks.

DSI Alum Stephen Bernasconi Thinks Charlotte’s Ready for Slow Fashion

Is Charlotte on the cusp of a slow fashion explosion? Stephen Bernasconi thinks it could be, and he wants to help it happen. Bernasconi, a trend researcher and forecaster, says his “antennae are up” and pointing to signs that both slow fashion makers and consumers here are ready for more.

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