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Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller. That’s why. Among other things, Cheryl is the Founding Chair of the DSI MFA program and the founder of CommonWise. She has practiced social innovation and communication design with major corporations and non-profits. And she teaches Communication Design at DSI. DSI: How would you define design for social innovation? Design for social innovation…

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DMI Web Conversation: Design & Social Innovation

Cheryl Heller, Chair, MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts joined us for a dmi: Web Conversation on design for social innovation. She shared the skill set that designers need to be successful, and some inspiring cases in change-making social design.

Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and President of the design lab CommonWise. She was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She founded the first design…

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Cheryl Heller in PRINT Magazine, 56 Inspiring Designers Shaping Our World Today

Excerpt from PRINT Magazine’s Spring issue FAME HAS COME A LONG WAY since David Bowie first crooned about it. Fame is no longer a result of talent and hard work; it is a singular goal in and of itself. While the antics of 2000s Paris Hilton shocked those tracking celebrity culture, the Kardashian crew has…

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Cheryl Heller On What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Playwrights

At the Goddard College MFA program in Creative Writing, where I’m in my last semester, I was given something so useful for entrepreneurs that I had to take a break from my final manuscript to write this.

Cheryl Heller on The New Age Of Uncertainty

The current refugee crisis and the mass migrations that climate change is likely to trigger will disrupt not only the lives but the identities of hundreds of millions of people — torn from place, uncertain (at best) of their context in the world. Where we come from is, to an enormous extent, who we are. Culture determines the food we eat, what we learn, who we marry and how we live. The place where we live determines our culture, and so our identity.

Cheryl Heller on Designing for Human Energy as a Precious Resource

Depending on your job, your political persuasion and where you call home, the word “energy,” conjures images of solar panels, windmills, gas stations or coal mines. Or, it can bring to mind oil spills and oil bills. For the most part – humans being humans in the twenty-first century – we tend to think of energy as something we control.

Learning from Business4Better in Shanghai, China

Last week I traveled to Shanghai to speak at the Business4Better China Summit, sponsored by UBM and chaired by my dear new friend and inimitable connector, Richard Hsu. The gathering, called “100x100”, was a convening of one hundred for profit and one hundred nonprofit businesses that share a common intention, as the mission of Business4Better states, to “help create successful corporate and nonprofit partnerships that have a positive impact on our communities and expand the meaning of being a better business.”

A Collaboration for Social Innovation

The eighth grade social justice project “Choosing to Participate” is a cornerstone of the eighth grade humanities curriculum. Through this project students study those who have stood up for justice by becoming/being active citizens themselves.

Hyperakt Lunch Talks with Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and founder of CommonWise. She’s taught creativity to leaders and organizations around the world, helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and designed strategies for dozens of successful entrepreneurs.

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