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Welcome Back Class of 2019

Last week we welcomed back our returning students to DSI with our second annual Second Year Bootcamp. Facilitated by chair Cheryl Heller, faculty Miya Osaki and alum Jade Broomfield, students were given an assignment to represent one specific health-related problem as seen through the perspective of someone who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of upper…

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Welcome Class of 2020

Last week we welcomed our seventh DSI cohort at our annual Bootcamp. This beloved event allows incoming students to get acquainted with each other and the school. We began with a welcome from our chair, Cheryl Heller, and team. Each students shared a 5-minute presentation about the cultures they come from, previous experience, current interests…

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Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is helping people who stutter overcome their social anxiety with VRbal.

Earlier this summer, Yuka competed as a finalist in the Microsoft US Imagine Cup, a competition where student developers solve world challenges. Yuka and her Microsoft teammates developed VRbal to help users who stutter prepare for an upcoming presentation. Unlike role-playing for a job interview or lecture with a friend or family member, VRbal is…

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Chair Cheryl Heller Named an Educator to Watch in GDUSA’s June Issue

At DSI, we define Social Design as the creation of new social conditions – in cities, corporate cultures or communities – that result in increased creativity, equity, social justice, resilience, and a healthy connection to nature,” Cheryl said. “This requires systems design, interaction design, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, as well as mastery of every aspect…

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Curriculum for the Future: Two New Programs Integrating Entrepreneurship and Social Design

Businesses need to create social value, and social designers need to make their efforts toward healthier societies sustainable and central to our economy. To address what we see as a critical need, we have integrated two typically siloed disciplines into into a new curriculum, and delivered it to two different audiences this summer. Social Design…

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Online Classes in Social Design: Lessons from The Intergalactic Design Guide

Earlier this year, Cheryl Heller led an online master class on social design. Participants learned how soft skills — like leadership, collaboration and creativity — are the skills of the future. With a dynamic range of new online master classes planned for the upcoming year, students from around the world will learn how to apply…

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Cheryl Heller Keynotes the DMI Academic Design Management Conference

(photos by Tua Björklund, Nate Sterling and Selena Griffith; via Twitter) In a provocative talk about the future of design, business and design education, Cheryl Heller discussed the disconnects between the needs and jobs of the future, and the educations capacity to prepare graduates to meet them. In the audience at Ravensbourne College in London…

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DSI Participates in a New Resource for Redesigning Global Health

The Gates Foundation, USAID, Dalberg Design and Sonder Design launched designforhealth.org, a public resource on when, why and how to apply human-centered design to global health. DSI contributed in multiple ways to the project: Chair Cheryl Heller served as an adviser, and participated in the project’s initial workshop in Berlin. And Pragya Mishra, ’15, served…

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The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design

Cheryl Heller’s book will be available on Oct. 4. It is a distillation of learning and experience from the DSI program, and from her own experiences as a practicing social designer. Advance commentary on the book includes: “The Intergalactic Design Guide is a call for entries to design our way out of the civilization we…

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Our Faculty Grows in Strength, Depth and Breadth

This year, we’re welcoming Daniel Rosenberg, Mollie Ring and Joey Lee. Daniel Rosenberg Teaching “Mapping and Visualization Design” Born in Israel and raised in Chile, Daniel Rosenberg is a designer, architect and educator holding a master’s and a PhD in Design and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the last two years, he…

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