This past Monday, May 1st, people watched from the auditorium at the SVA Theater and around the world as the newest graduates presented their thesis projects. After over a year of research, prototyping, refining, pivoting, research, prototyping, refining, breakthroughs, setbacks, insights, long days spent working with advisors, countless hours of rehearsing and sleepless nights, they…
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.
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.
Rachel Dixon and Swar Raisinghani were invited to Implementing Impact! Strategies for Creative Intervention to present their respective thesis projects as successful case studies in developing social impact. Implementing Impact! is a one-week summer intensive exploring how to launch socially innovative projects for advanced college students and creative professionals offered at SVA.
Meghan Lazier develops an app that's like Uber for disabled people.
Watch the thesis presentations from the Class of 2015 — the second ever graduating class from DSI.
Thesis topic preview videos from the Class of 2016.
After she graduates from DSI this spring and finishes her work visa, Haya Shaath will, along with other Saudi women who’ve chosen to study abroad, ask herself a question: Is it time to return home? Haya doesn’t yet know how she’ll answer the question, but she’s wondering about the transition back for the women who say “yes” and has dedicated her thesis project to supporting them in that process.
“Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.” Although much has changed and great progress has been made in the 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words from inside Birmingham Jail, there is still much work left to do. Despite the advances that have been made, my hometown remains the most residentially segregated city in the state of Alabama, and the 26th most segregated in the country.
As Design for Social Innovation students, we’re constantly reminded of our responsibility to be social – to deliberately involve people in our projects, both in the design process and in our imagination of their impacts. We want to share a powerful experience we had while working on our thesis project, which seeks to improve the interaction between doctors and patients in government hospitals in India.