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Ideas Come From The Inside, Not The Top

Image courtesy of Unsplash. Social design requires remembering that it’s simply not possible to understand what it’s like to be another person, to have that person’s challenges, or to know how to solve those challenges, unless we ask. Solutions come from within the communities looking to change. This doesn’t mean that you can sit down…

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Gina Kim, ’15, Earns DCFemTech Award

On May 7, Gina Kim earned a DCFemTech award for her design work. Gina has worked for U.S. Digital Services as a product designer for about two and a half years. She redesigns services to make them more accessible to veterans, helping them learn to trust the government.

Faculty Member and Alum Caroline McAndrews Earns Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship

Caroline McAndrews will be taking her talents to Blue Ridge Labs this summer. Blue Ridge Labs brings technologists and communities together to develop solutions that address economic inequality in New York. Caroline will participate in the organization’s four-month intensive fellowship, where she will build, prototype and launch tech products for low-income residents. Learn more about…

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Icelandic women who fought for gender equality coming to New York

New York, NY — In 1975, women in Iceland fought for gender equality and won. On Jan. 10, the School of Visual Arts’ Design for Social Innovation MFA program will bring them to New York. The program will share award-winning director Pamela Hogan’s “The Long Friday,” the documentary-in-progress that tells the untold story of the…

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Sebastian Barrera, ’14 Gives Voice to the Needs of Low Income Consumers

When the opportunity arises, sometimes you must leap, which is exactly what Sebastian Barrera ’14 did. From NYC to Medellin, Colombia, Sebastian has taken a new position at Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA), a global consulting firm specializing in financial services for low-income people around the world. He will be working with the Customer Insights Team,…

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Hannah Du Plessis Speaks about Truth and Understanding at TEDxPittsburgh

As a treasured member of the DSI faculty since our inaugural year, Hannah has been helping our students understand who they are, and who they can aspire to be as social change agents in whatever community in which they’re working. She’s taking some of her knowledge public now, with her TEDx talk in Pittsburgh. This…

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A Scholarship for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

We are excited continue our partnership with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program for the approaching Fall 2017 academic year. The program provides a great opportunity for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to continue their service to underserved communities while also pursing graduate studies at a reduced cost. DSI will offer a select Fellow a $20,000…

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Cheryl Heller and Matt Enstice on Social Design and Cities

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) new podcast series, Talking Cities, hosted by president & CEO Matt Enstice, investigates cutting-edge innovations for cities in America and beyond, featuring people our team has connected with who are creating vibrant, healthier, and more sustainable communities. Each episode explores themes of furthering economic growth, igniting urban revitalization, and building strong,…

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DSI Advisor Erik Hersman in the Big News

When Mark Zuckerberg made his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa recently, he ended up at “the most famous of Africa’s Innovation hubs.” According to Forbes, “He also popped into the office of BRCK, a remarkable internet connectivity device that has since morphed into a clever education system for the developing world. Both have been co-founded…

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