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Why DSI? Kara Meyer, That’s Why.

Along with being an amazing member of our thesis advising team, Kara Meyer serves as the Managing Director at + POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool. She helped establish the 501c3 Friends of + POOL in 2015 and heads the organization’s operations, programming, and administration, with a…

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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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Why DSI? Emily Herrick. That’s Why.

What is design for social innovation to you? I will break it down like we do the first three weeks of our Global Guest Lecture Series: Design: In its simplest form, design is an approach that results in an outcome. Core to an approach are the values we prioritize and the outcomes we desire (see…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Fall 2021

This fall, we will be welcoming a number of new practitioners to the DSI team, and we’re excited to begin to introduce them! First, we welcome our two new first-year instructors:  Mai Kobori will be joining us as our new Disruptive Design instructor. Mai is a co-founder of Blank Plate, a creative culinary program in…

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DSI at the Riso Lab!

This year, as part of the Leadership I course–taught this semester by Sloan Leo–our second years have been working with SVA’s RISO Lab to develop final projects. The goal of the assignment is to create an innovative artifact about community design for distribution to the DSI community using the Risograph printers. Risographs are small, inexpensive,…

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Visiting Amazonia: a Worst-Case Scenario Store

This week, we’re highlighting a recent pop-up installation by thesis advisor Sahar Ghaheri and her colleagues over at Grey Area Collective: a women-led social impact design and research studio that combines activism with art and technology.  Their installation, Amazonia: a worst-case scenario store, was inspired by the experience of your average Amazon Go store, but…

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Welcoming Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard: Designers in Residence for Fall 2020

We are very excited to announce our designers in residence for the Fall 2020 semester: Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard of The Disabled List! Both have been working with SVA as instructors at MFA Products of Design, and we are looking forward to fostering a lasting collaboration with DSI moving forward. The duo kindly took…

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Welcoming Karen Proctor: Our Spring ’22 Designer in Residence

This spring, we’re excited to announce that a long-time friend and faculty member to DSI will be spending additional time with us as the spring 2022 Designer in Residence! Karen Proctor, who teaches Leadership and runs her own social innovation firm, will be taking on the role. Take a look at her vision for the…

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Welcoming New Faculty Part. 2: Fall 2020

Our 2020 faculty continues to grow as we move into the new semester! This time, we are welcoming design strategist Sasha Charlemagne as a visiting professor, and welcoming back our own Grace Kwon, who graduated from DSI in June 2020. The two will be co-teaching our Metrics and Data Visualization course for second years. In…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2022

This spring, we will be welcoming–and in some cases re-welcoming–a number of practitioners to the DSI team, and we’re excited to introduce them!  First we welcome back DSI ‘20 alum and one third of our spring ‘21 designers in residence to help co-teach our Global Guest Lecture Course! Ryana Burrell is a multidisciplinary designer with…

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