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Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation

SIG-5030
Fall semester
Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (9/14, 10/12, 11/09, 12/07)
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (9/15, 10/13, 11/10, 12/08)
Instructors: Marc Rettig, Hannah du Plessis

This course introduces ideas, approaches, methods, and skills essential for putting the “social” in “social innovation,” and for nurturing conditions for people to create together through complexity and uncertainty. Through a lively mix of activities, students internalize a living systems view of social change, become able to convene and host conversations that matter to a community, and grow their ability to stand in good relationship with themselves and others.

Learning
In theory:
Models of social change at all personal, relational, group, and system scale
Understanding the basics of social complexity
Learning emergent, participatory approaches to system-scale change
Understand barriers to change, including oppression and trauma

In practice:
Develop personal skills to stay present, bring your best self to the table and make room for the difficulties of doing this work
Develop relational skills to listen well, communicate honestly, stay present during conflict and repair relational ruptures
Develop facilitation skills to plan and host a co-creation and conversations that matter

Student facilitation project areas
Inter-faith dialogue
LGBTQIA+ students
Chinese immigrants in NYC
Intergenerational conversations between seniors and teenagers
Personal relationship to sustainability
Personal identity in difficult times
High school students considering their future selves
Reframing personal identity
Helping a nonprofit consider its future
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136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205

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