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Introducing the Inside Scoop

Introducing the “Inside Scoop,” our new series of webinars where DSI faculty and alums will answer questions about the program and give you a lived experience. The first webinar in the series will take place on Friday, December 7 at 12 pm EST. Siri Betts-Sonstegard, a faculty member who works on the research and development…

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Students Win Big at DC Competition

Rutvi Gupta, Umila Singh, and Jessica Panicola participated in the ESSA Report Card Design Challenge, which was held by the US Department of Education and the Data Quality Campaign in Washington DC.  Over the course of two days their focus was to design a solution to make school information easily accessible by parents.  They leveraged…

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Announcing the 2019 Paul Polak Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that for the fifth year, incoming students can apply for the Paul Polak Scholarship from MFA Design for Social Innovation. Paul has been a friend, adviser and inspiration to our program, and to the millions of people around the world whose lives he has changed through his work to end…

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Reporting Live from the Social Good Summit

The Social Good Summit, held during the week of the UN General Assembly, unites a lively community of global leaders, politicians, activists, and celebrities to discuss what type of world we want to live in by the year 2030. In our fifth year participating, DSI students Danielle Hernandez, Zach Narva, Pratiksha Rathi, Rachel Cho and…

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Welcome Back Class of 2019

Last week we welcomed back our returning students to DSI with our second annual Second Year Bootcamp. Facilitated by chair Cheryl Heller, faculty Miya Osaki and alum Jade Broomfield, students were given an assignment to represent one specific health-related problem as seen through the perspective of someone who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of upper…

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Welcome Class of 2020

Last week we welcomed our seventh DSI cohort at our annual Bootcamp. This beloved event allows incoming students to get acquainted with each other and the school. We began with a welcome from our chair, Cheryl Heller, and team. Each students shared a 5-minute presentation about the cultures they come from, previous experience, current interests…

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Welcome Kobla Asamoah and Mari Nakano to our faculty.

Kobla Asamoah Teaching “Leadership and Entrepreneurship” with Karen Proctor Kobla serves as the Program Director for HBK Incubates, Hot Bread Kitchen’s business incubator. In this role, Kobla focuses on growing the incubator program and works closely with its member businesses to provide business development resources and programming that will aid in their growth ambitions. In…

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Chair Cheryl Heller Named an Educator to Watch in GDUSA’s June Issue

At DSI, we define Social Design as the creation of new social conditions – in cities, corporate cultures or communities – that result in increased creativity, equity, social justice, resilience, and a healthy connection to nature,” Cheryl said. “This requires systems design, interaction design, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, as well as mastery of every aspect…

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Curriculum for the Future: Two New Programs Integrating Entrepreneurship and Social Design

Businesses need to create social value, and social designers need to make their efforts toward healthier societies sustainable and central to our economy. To address what we see as a critical need, we have integrated two typically siloed disciplines into into a new curriculum, and delivered it to two different audiences this summer. Social Design…

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Online Classes in Social Design: Lessons from The Intergalactic Design Guide

Earlier this year, Cheryl Heller led an online master class on social design. Participants learned how soft skills — like leadership, collaboration and creativity — are the skills of the future. With a dynamic range of new online master classes planned for the upcoming year, students from around the world will learn how to apply…

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