DSI Fall 2020 Fast Track Students Announced


Archie Lee Coates IV

“We’re looking for the types of people that are ready to discover something that rocks them to their core. And it doesn’t matter how good of a designer they are, or how good of a storyteller they are, it doesn’t really matter — it just matters that they are willing.” — Archie Lee Coates IV Apply

#WhyDSI: What Happens When an Economist Becomes a Social Designer?

Meet Rhea Rakshit, who came to DSI from the London School of Economics and is now making the fashion industry more sustainable as a social designer. Rhea knows where products come from. That’s her job — to help companies map their supply chains. As the Vice President of Product at Sourcemap, Rhea tracks social, financial…

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Why DSI? Kate Reed Petty. That’s Why.

Professional fiction writer Kate Reed Petty began teaching Creative Writing for Social Designers in Spring 2020. When she’s not writing or teaching, Kate serves as a communications consultant who specializes in working with civic and nonprofit organizations. As an editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and strategist, Kate has worked with organizations including Friends of the…

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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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Maggie Breslin

Maggie Breslin. That’s why. Among other things, Maggie helped build the Center for Innovation at the Mayo Clinic and continues to be a force in reimagining health care from patients’ perspectives. And she teaches Intro to Thesis at DSI. DSI: What is design for social innovation? I use the definition of design as creation according…

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Tina Park

Tina Park. That’s why. Among other things, Tina Park was the Global Design Research Manager for Johnson & Johnson, and is the founder of Diagram, a consultancy that combines design and research techniques to deliver better healthcare. And she teaches Thesis at DSI. DSI: What’s design for social innovation, and why is it important? It’s…

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Megan Fath

Megan Fath. That’s why. Among other things, Megan Fath is putting the human in human centered design. She teaches Disruptive Design at DSI. DSI: What’s design for social innovation? It’s taking the principles of design thinking that we use for product and communication and applying it to social issues. When I was young, designers were…

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Archie Lee Coates IV & Jeffrey Franklin

Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin. That’s why. Among other things, Jeffrey Franklin and Archie Coates are making it possible for nine million New Yorkers to swim in the East River for the first time in one hundred years. And they teach Thesis at DSI. DSI: What’s design for social innovation? Our position is…

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Asi Burak

Asi Burak. That’s why. Among other things, Asi is a pioneer in making digital games work for good, has inspired millions of people to play his Half the Sky Movement game on Facebook, and he teaches Games for Impact at DSI. DSI: What’s design for social innovation for you? There is innovation, and then there is innovation…

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Despina Papadopoulos

Despina Papadopoulos. That’s why. Among other things, Despina is helping crafts people in Afghanistan think outside the object and connect to a larger world. And she teaches Thesis at DSI.  DSI: What’s design for social innovation? We talk a lot about human centered design, as if design should be anything else. Design should always be…

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