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Catching up with Liora Yuklea

DSI alum Liora Yuklea (‘15) has been working within the realm of design for impact since she got her start as a graphic designer in print journalism and grassroots activism at home in Israel. Though she felt she was in the right area of work, she found herself more and more interested in the strategic…

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Thesis Intensives: Getting Your Work Out There

With years of experience in fundraising and expanding partnerships, Thesis Advisor Kara Meyer knows a thing or two about publicizing and growing a project. In our latest thesis intensive–Getting Your Work Out There–Kara walked our students through some tips and tricks on effective PR strategies for their blossoming thesis projects. Using Kara’s work at +POOL–the…

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Why DSI? Kara Meyer, That’s Why.

Along with being an amazing member of our thesis advising team, Kara Meyer serves as the Managing Director at + POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool. She helped establish the 501c3 Friends of + POOL in 2015 and heads the organization’s operations, programming, and administration, with a…

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Kartik Krishnan on Taking DSI’s Learnings Back Home

Since graduating last Spring, Kartik Krishnan (‘20) has begun sharing his passion for social design with clients and corporations back home in India. As visiting faculty for B-Schools and a Design Researcher for design innovation consultancy firm TinkerLabs, Kartik works with students and clients to implement design thinking into their day-to-day practices across an array…

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Why DSI? Mari Nakano. That’s Why.

This year, our amazing group of thesis advisors has been led by Mari Nakano, who joined the DSI team in 2018. What is design for social innovation to you? For me, design for social innovation means using design tools and strategies for the purposes of creating a resilient planet, where all people can share power…

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Thesis Intensives: Facilitation 101

As an expert in community design and leadership, Thesis Advisor Sloan Leo added an invaluable workshop to our thesis intensive series: Facilitation 101. A core practice of social design, this session reframed common expectations of facilitation by highlighting practices to avoid and asking students to recenter the core values and purpose of facilitation in a…

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Congratulations to our 2021 Alumni Scholarship Award Recipients!

This year, we’re congratulating three of our senior thesis groups for receiving SVA’s annual Alumni Scholarship Award, which has selected 59 students to receive over $40,000 in funding toward their final student projects and portfolios. It is always an honor to have DSI represented in this incredibly talented lineup of students across disciplines. Veda Borgave’s…

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Jeralyn Richardson on Transforming Community for Public Health

Jeralyn Richardson–who has helped lead our Jump-Start program for the past two years–is using her background in public health to bring necessary change to communities amidst a pandemic and beyond.  With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s of public health, Jeralyn got her start serving the working poor at a public health non-profit…

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Thesis Intensives: Shifting Mental Models

As we draw closer to our Spring ‘21 thesis show, our faculty is continuing last fall’s Thesis Intensive series. Our second years started this semester’s set with Jaimie Cloud–instructor of Environmental Ethics–facilitating a workshop on shifting mental models. This intensive focused around the idea of mental models of unsustainability, which are categories of thinking that…

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Spring 2021 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three incredible teams working on impactful, timely projects across the globe. The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. Second Years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang (‘21)…

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