They come from Ghana, Nigeria, Sweden, Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Colombia, India and across the U.S. They bring experience in architecture, filmmaking, anthropology, clinical nursing, community health, development, journalism and every form of design. They tell the stories of their direct and sometimes novel-worthy indirect paths to ending up at 136 West 21st…
In less than 24 hours, our fifth cohort will begin their journey to become leaders in social design. They come from nine countries, with different interests and experience, and a common commitment to put their talent to work solving complex social challenges. We look forward to seeing them grow over the next two years, and…
The primary responsibility of the International eXperience Design Committee (IXDC) is to promote the value of innovation to society, and to construct an international platform for exhibition and communication. A non-profit organization founded in 2010 with the support of over 20 leading companies and universities in China, IxDC holds its International Conference of Experience Design every year, and this…
Congratulations to recent graduate Kara Isabella (2016) for joining the inaugural cohort of the Neighborhood 360° Fellows program, which pairs community organizers and planners with New York City community-based development organizations (CBDOs), to facilitate increased collaboration between local stakeholders around impactful economic development initiatives and help build CBDO capacity.
Have you ever heard about Jane Jacobs? I recently learned that her efforts as an activist were key in saving Washington Square Park and surrounding areas from being overtaken by the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway. 2016 marks her 100th birthday and it was the perfect occasion to celebrate her life and accomplishments. From May 6th to 8th the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) joined other 180 cities to hold the festival Jane’s Walk. New Yorkers of all ages and interests were able to join more than 200 walking tours to learn more about their city’s history.
Pragya Mishra met her future employer at a DSI career fair, where she sparked a discussion about public health - the subject area of her DSI thesis - with Robert Fabricant, co-founder of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG).
Congratulations and godspeed to the DSI Class of 2016.
The students of DSI illustrated the promise of design for social innovation in their presentations. Here’s a closer look at four of the projects with descriptions by the designers themselves, as well as a new app that features the work of all of this year's graduating DSI students.
Sebastian Barrera (class of ’14) came to DSI with two questions: What is the role of design in the public sector, humanitarian aid, and philanthropy? And how can I help integrate and validate design practice in these contexts? Through DSI and its network Sebastian is now a designer at the Design Impact Group (DIG) at…
For the past few weeks, we’ve been creating street games as part of our Games for Impact design class. The topics ranged from Hijab’s, the Syrian refugee crisis, voting in America and exploring New York to kids with immobility. Many of our games took advantage of the public parks and cityscape in New York, but others also used the facilities at DSI.