DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course


Yinman Guo grew up in both urban and rural China, watching the spaces around her change rapidly in the push for modernization. In the face of this push, many regions face a dilemma: keeping developing or slow down to preserve local cultures? This question has bothered Yinman for a long time. During her time studying industrial and interaction design at Hunan University, she participated in the New Channel project, a multi-disciplinary initiative that used participatory design approaches to preserve rural social capital and boost the regional economy. Yinman came to DSI to deepen her social innovation practice and to collaborate with the bright minds assembled here.

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