Robin Newman has spent much of her professional life working in communities across Canada, Guatemala, India, and Israel. In her most recent work, at Operation Groundswell, she led teams of youth through Guatemala to explore local issues of privilege, poverty, social disparity, and environmental devastation. During her time in India, Robin led focus groups in rural villages to understand the range of health issues faced by residents. While in Canada, Robin worked as a facilitator, writer, and field researcher on issues related to urban growth, local food production and security, and environmental sustainability. In 2010, Robin was named a “Leader in the Field” by the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and granted a scholarship to work with a renowned Toronto-based environmental organization, Not Far From The Tree. Robin came to DSI to better put her passions into practice using design.