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Ideas in Action: Conversations in Community Design in Review

Over the course of their spring 2020 Designer In Residence at DSI, Sloan Leo of The Vaid Group has generously shared their network of practitioners in the social innovation sphere via a series of public lectures. Produced by Sloan’s own design collective, FLOX, these talks have covered an array of topics centered on a common…

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Ideas in Action: Reflections on Sharing

We are a species and planet in a time of significant upheaval — and in this time of disruption, there is an urgent need to strengthen the resilience of our communities, at work, at home and where we live, work and play. The social design field, despite its nascence, provides opportunity to leverage design interventions…

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Cheers to the Class of 2020!

This year for the first time, DSI held a virtual thesis show to honor the incredible work of our graduating class. Though we could not be together in person, the show–which took the form of four incredible panels moderated by Hilary Sedovic of Creative Reaction Lab, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye founder of the Fund for Public Housing,…

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Sloan Leo and Design Future Now: Can the Language of Design be a Bridge to Racial Justice?

This past week, faculty member Lee-Sean Huang (who teaches both semesters of Technologies for Designing Change) invited Sloan Leo–our Spring 2020 Designer in Residence–for an enlightening segment on AIGA’s Design Future Now podcast. In the episode, the two discuss theory and the potential of using the language of design as a tool in accomplishing racial…

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Design & Politics Recap

To ring in 2021 strong, DSI teamed up with MFA Products of Design to create a new iteration of their biennial Design & Politics workshop, facilitated by our own Sloan Leo & POD faculty Jennifer Rittner.  Sloan gave us a recap of the course, which came at a pivotal moment following the insurrection at the…

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Community Design For Leaders

Community Design For Leaders: Moving Beyond Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) — to Power, Belonging and Interdependence (PBI).  Course Dates: June 2 – 16, 2021 If every leader achieved their goals of representational diversity – what would happen next? How do we truly relocate power and decision making in our organizational structures, strategies, and culture? How…

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Thesis Intensives: Facilitation 101

As an expert in community design and leadership, Thesis Advisor Sloan Leo added an invaluable workshop to our thesis intensive series: Facilitation 101. A core practice of social design, this session reframed common expectations of facilitation by highlighting practices to avoid and asking students to recenter the core values and purpose of facilitation in a…

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NEXT WEEK: DSI Thesis Show 2021!

Next week, we will be returning in-person to SVA for our live Thesis Show! We’re so proud of the work our students have developed over the course of this uniquely challenging year, and know that their presentations will be extraordinary.  The graduating cohort will be presenting their work at the SVA’s Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on…

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Community Design for Leaders Wrap-Up

In June we wrapped up our first round of sessions of our Community Design for Leaders summer course. The two week collaboration between DSI, FLOX Studio, and Core77 was a huge success, and left attendees with a deep understanding of power, belonging, and independence within communities. In order to reach these understandings, the course defined,…

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Welcoming Sloan Leo: Designer In Residence for Spring 2020

We are very excited to announce the upcoming addition of our very first Designer In Residence: the brilliant Sloan Leo! Sloan is a community-centered designer, facilitator and strategist currently working as the Chief of Staff at The Trust for Public Land (TPL). They apply creative problem solving, experience design and grassroots community development tactics to…

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