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Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2021

This semester, we are welcoming designer Nil Tuzcu as our new Metrics and Data Visualization 2 instructor.  The first half of this year-long course–which our second years completed this past fall–centered on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. This semester, the focus shifts from exploration to explanation as…

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Thesis Intensives: Shifting Mental Models

As we draw closer to our Spring ‘21 thesis show, our faculty is continuing last fall’s Thesis Intensive series. Our second years started this semester’s set with Jaimie Cloud–instructor of Environmental Ethics–facilitating a workshop on shifting mental models. This intensive focused around the idea of mental models of unsustainability, which are categories of thinking that…

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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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Why DSI? Mari Nakano. That’s Why.

This year, our amazing group of thesis advisors has been led by Mari Nakano, who joined the DSI team in 2018. What is design for social innovation to you? For me, design for social innovation means using design tools and strategies for the purposes of creating a resilient planet, where all people can share power…

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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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