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Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA, founder of the design lab CommonWise and winner of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She is a business strategist and communication designer who has founded two companies and taught creativity…

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Maggie Breslin

Maggie Breslin is co-director of The Patient Revolution, an initiative to skill and support patients and communities as advocates for careful and kind health care. She has spent over a decade as a designer and researcher in the healthcare space with a particular focus on understanding the social and temporal conditions necessary to bring ideas…

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Asi Burak

Asi Burak is Co-President at Games for Change, the leading global advocate of digital social impact games. He develops programs to raise the quality and influence of social impact games and produces the Annual Games for Change Festival, dubbed “the Sundance of Video Games.” Asi works with organizations that are developing digital games to further…

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Jaimie Cloud

Jaimie P. Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City and a pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS). She writes and publishes extensively and consults, coaches, and teaches in schools and school districts around the world. She’s developed curriculum units, full courses of…

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Archie Lee Coates IV

Archie Lee Coates IV is a founder and partner at PLAYLAB, INC., an extremely multi-disciplinary creative practice founded in 2009 in New York, and run with Jeffrey Franklin, Jonathan O’Brien and Ryan J. Simons. With no particular focus, they explore things that interest them by initiating and working with others on ideas. The past has included:…

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Alison Cornyn

Alison Cornyn is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the criminal justice system. She has extensive experience in interaction design and in facilitating civic dialogue and serves as founding partner and Creative Director of Picture Projects, a Brooklyn-based studio that produces multimedia projects about pressing social issues. Her work has received numerous awards, including…

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Patricia Dandonoli

Patricia Dandonoli has worked as both a senior executive and advisor on behalf of a range of mission-focused for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. She was Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer at Natural Systems Utilities, which designs, builds, owns, and operates decentralized water supply, treatment, and reuse systems. Prior to joining NSU,…

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Hannah du Plessis

Hannah du Plessis is principal at Fit Associates, a firm that equips communities to create better futures for themselves. Hannah’s belief in human potential, tempered by the raw reality of growing up in violent, segregated South Africa, fuels her dedication to the field of social innovation. As a student, Hannah led the merging of two schools…

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Jane S. Englebardt

Jane S. Englebardt is principal of UpshotAdvisors, LLC, an international leadership development and philanthropic advisory firm that works with individuals, boards of directors, and C-level executives at foundations and visionary companies to develop the techniques for achieving peak performance and affecting meaningful and measurable social change.  For 13 years prior to UpshotAdvisors, she was executive…

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Megan Fath

Megan Fath leads innovation and design initiatives to transform the ways organizations see and act on change. She is also a Design Practice Lead with Doblin’s New York office. Megan’s teaching and published work focuses on the intersections of research and design. Previously she built an embedded design practice and led the opening of an…

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