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DSI Karina Davila (‘17) is Using Social Innovation for Economic Equity at Visa and Beyond

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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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The Measured Symposium. Understanding and Scaling the Impact of Design

http://measured.design January 24, 2017 The social design process – human centered design principles, methods and tools – is being used by a growing number of funders, designers and social sector practitioners as an approach to solving complex social problems. Significant resources are being invested, and an enormous buzz has emerged about design’s potential for increasing…

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Ivan Boscariol, ’16 Has Been Named a Public Service Designer at EloGroup in Brasília

As of last week, Ivan is now working at EloGroup, a consultancy transforming organizations in both the private and public sector by helping them grow sustainably. Ivan’s principle focus will center on developing more innovative approaches for the Brazilian government within the GovLab initiative.

Rodrigo Muñoz, ’16, Goes From Graduate Student to Professor

Within a month of graduating from DSI, Rodrigo Muñoz has become a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador, where he’ll be teaching at the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts (COCOA). His courses will range from Fundamentals of Design and Software to advanced Thesis and Research studies. USFQ is a…

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Transmedia Activism by Faculty Alison Cornyn Works to Help Young Incarcerated Women

“Incorrigibles” tells the stories of young girls imprisoned in New York State over the last 100 years. Drawing on personal narratives of the women themselves, the project investigates the “justice” in juvenile justice and social services. Archival documents from the New York State Training School for Girls (1904-1975), accounts by living former inmates confined during this…

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Karla Despradel, ’17, is Spending the Summer Helping Redesign Population Health Practice

Karla is interning at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai, contributors to DSI’s Harlem First initiative last spring. The institute’s mission is to broaden the understanding and purview of global health, making its hidden infrastructure visible so new solutions can be developed and impact can be scaled. Karla has joined the Practice Transformation team, which…

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Karina Davila, ’17, is Awarded a Summer Design Fellowship at UNICEF

Karina is working at the Office of Innovation at UNICEF under the mentorship of Mari Nakano, focusing on service design and operational organization. She is researching the creation of a more holistic onboard and hiring experience for new employees and existing team members at the Office of Innovation. In addition, Karina is assisting on design projects that…

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The Story of a Class with Big Ambition and Broad Reach

In DSI’s second semester, the Communication Design class is where students first put the principles of communication to use. A combination of theory, inspiration and process put into practice, the class is billed by DSI chair Cheryl Heller as “…messy, like real life.” Each year, students choose from one of five clients that have been carefully…

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You Can Come Home Again: Alums Return for a Special Lecture Night

Alumni Pragya Mishra, Josh Treuhaft, Rhea Rakshit, Sebastian Barrera and Akshata Malhotra returned to DSI last month for an exchange of knowledge and insights at the DSI Global Guest Lecture. They spoke to both current cohorts about their jobs, their journey, their passions, the wicked problems they’re working to solve, and how what they learned at DSI is helping them succeed.

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