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“Creative Collaborations to Design the Future” at Better World by Design 2019

On Saturday, September 28 we were excited to have DSI run a panel at the Better World by Design conference called “Creative Collaborations to Design the Future.” This panel featured recent alums, Jiayi DongRutvika GuptaLu RodriguesZach Narva and was moderated by department chair Miya Osaki.

The alumni were able to present their thesis projects including The {In}Dependent Project, a grassroots initiative that supports immigrant spouses to activate citizens in their communities; Camp Sharon & Karen, an experiential event for parents of trans- and gender-nonconforming kids to process their personal experiences; The Slow Hands Lab, a unique partnership between a fashion brand and Chinese Su Embroidery artists to increase economic opportunities and value; and Friends With Death, a movement aimed at young people who have lost a parent to give grief a sense of purpose. The panel then discussed how social designers can work with (not just for) communities and making bold moves towards equitable, inclusive, and innovative approaches to design the future.

The Better World by Design conference takes place annually in Providence, Rhode Island and is hosted by both RISD and Brown University.  This year’s conference theme was Noise. “Through auditory, visual and physical forms of noise, we consider how design and social practices can create major shock waves that disrupt traditional methods and generate new ideas.” In addition to a great lineup of speakers and workshops, the conference also included sculptures and installations like Handles by Pneuhaus.

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