9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab

Community Design For Leaders Summer 2022

Applications are now Open!

Deadline to apply is April 15th.

Course Dates: June 7 – 18, 2022

Course information:

Community Design for Leaders is a collaborative learning space intended for designers & creative professionals at various stages of their practice. Developed by FLOX Studio,

Community Design for Leaders offers participants: 

  • A framework and values rooted methodologies for community-engaged design practices 
  • An environment to develop a deeper and more nuanced analysis of power and position within the field of design 
  • Relationships with a community of designers invested in disrupting the status quo 

Design wasn’t developed with community in mind – and the impact of this is felt in every element of our work and our lives. From underutilized and unsightlighy public spaces to research practices that don’t center the urgency of the most marginalzed, we need to accelerate design’s ability to respond to the systemic and complex crises of this moment. We need design to be a toolset for change. A pathway to a future where power isn’t held by one, but by many. 

How do we get there? Community Design. 

Community Design is a community-generated design framework from the 1960s and 70’s that’s made a resurgence in the last several years. Unlike Human-Centered-Design, Community Design provides a path to shift not only WHO is doing the work but WHAT the work is and HOW it is done.

Leaders will leave with:

  • Knowledge – A deep understanding of the role of design in private and public sector mission-driven work; and what it means for your leadership practice
  • Resources – Models, templates, tools, and tactics to shift to a framework of power, belonging, and inclusion
  • Community – New relationships and a virtual community of support, scholarship, and practice

This intensive is facilitated by Sloan Leo (they/he), the Founder & CEO of FLOX Studio Inc. and former faculty in the MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program. For more information on FLOX Studio and Sloan Leo, check them out here. For more information about MFA DSI check them out here.

A share of the course profits will be used to support MFA DSI’s Equity in Design Scholarship Fund that addresses intersectional inequalities in design and promote equitable opportunities starting with the DSI student community.

There are six modules in this course: 

  • The case for Community Design 
  • Understanding Yourself as a Designer
  • Developing Your Community Design Practice
  • Explorations in Collective Inquiry 
  • Facilitative Leadership 
  • Moving from Insight to Action

Each module will include: 

  • Pre-class learning materials (guidebook, learning decks, and optional readings)
  • In-class lectures and practice space 
  • Peer to Peer work time (3 hours of peer to peer time will need to be scheduled outside of class time) 

The masterclass is appropriate for people at every phase of career development and experience.

For questions, please contact

Location Online. Faculty Sloan Leo

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205