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A New Class, a New Love: Creative Writing for Social Designers

We like to keep evolving, and trying new things at DSI. In that vein, we held, for the first time, a class in creative writing. We did this for several reasons.

DSI in the World

October is a busy month, and this one included a lot of travel, mentoring and judging. In Austin, DSI Chair Cheryl Heller was one of five judges for the Startup Showcase in Social Impact. Her fellow judges included Carey Meyers of the Rockefeller Foundation, Ben Schiller from Fast Company, Matt Petronzio, from Mashable, Inc., and Caleb…

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Life After DSI: Monica Snellings

We are living in an age of rapid transformation and rethinking. Now more than ever, people around the world are questioning the way we’ve done things in the past, and have decided to envision a new future. But, in a world that moves fast — where there are no predictable outcomes — how do you define what skills are needed to change the world? There are no set pathways, no determined skill sets.

DSI Students at the United Nations Foundation and Social Good Summit

For the second year, DSI students participated in the Social Good Summit, a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held during UN Week from September 27-28, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time.

Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation

For the third year in a row, DSI faculty members Marc Rettig and Hannah Du Plessis have, with the help of their students. Pages in the book are student summaries of key topics, concepts, and ideas covered during the Fall 2014 Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation course. Drawing from course slides, lecture notes, and assigned readings, each student visualizes two topics, which are displayed during DSI’s Winter Show, and then composed into a book.

Everything Was Fine Until Cheryl Heller Spoke

In three different cities in Australia, to a total audience of well over a thousand, DSI Chair Cheryl Heller spoke and offered Master Classes on MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA last week. From reactions at the events and on social media, it seems that design for social innovation is a relatively new concept…

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Kicking Off Another Year at Bootcamp

Every new school year, incoming DSI students gather for a day and a half of bootcamp. It’s the first time we all meet in person; a perfect way to start a new life as a grad student in New York City. Some have just stepped off a plane from China or the Middle East or South America, some have taken a subway from Brooklyn.

Welcome, DSI Class of 2017

They’re on their way from around the world – another stellar cohort of soon-to-be social impact designers. They come with high excitement and big dreams for what the next two years will hold. You’ll meet them on our website soon, and here’s a preview of who they are and where they’re from.

Jade Broomfield: This Year’s Winner of the Paul Polak Scholarship

“To me, design is simply creative problem solving with a dash of zanyness. I continue to be inspired by the work accomplished at the Design for Social Innovation Program at SVA and the creativity of people like Jade Broomfield, who is receiving the scholarship in my name. Jade, may your future zanyness far exceed mine.” — Paul Polak

Join Us for One of Our Wednesday Lectures

This year for the first time, we are making five seats available for this class. The DSI Global Guest Lecture brings another extraordinary speaker each week to inspire and provoke discussion with our cohorts.

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