DSI A Jump Start Into the Fall Semester


Disruptive Design: Research and Insights

Fall semester: 3 credits
9/29/20 – 12/15/20
Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm EST
Instructor: Siri Betts-Sonstegard

Issues at the heart of Social Innovation, such as poverty, violence, civil rights, access to infrastructure and services, may not be acute or even present where we live, study and work. In this class, you will learn how to approach design for the needs and belief systems of others, especially marginalized communities whose lives, practices and experiences may be unfamiliar or contrary to your own. You will apply techniques to understand context, immerse yourself in communities, analyses complex relationships and leverage community members for self-driven projects. Over the first semester, students will build a foundation of methods and approaches which they can apply to parallel and future work.

Environmental Ethics

Environmental Ethics
Fall Semester: 1 credit
9/28/20 – 11/02/20 (6 classes)
Mondays 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm EST
Instructor: Jaimie Cloud

In this course students use systems thinking and creativity to explore the intersection of sustainability and design, including discussions on economics and quality-of-life indicators, how to distinguish problems from symptoms and unpacking the operating principles for life on Earth.

Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation

Fall semester: 3 credits
10/02/20 – 12/22/20 *Note the last class date is a Tuesday per the academic calendar.
Fridays 10 am – 1:15 pm EST
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.

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