I remember the first time I spoke to Rodrigo Muñoz, four years ago, on a Skype call from Quito to Manhattan. He was rock-solid in his conviction for what he wanted to do with his life: improve education in his country. His optimism during that conversation was as bright as the sun-washed equator on which…
The primary responsibility of the International eXperience Design Committee (IXDC) is to promote the value of innovation to society, and to construct an international platform for exhibition and communication. A non-profit organization founded in 2010 with the support of over 20 leading companies and universities in China, IxDC holds its International Conference of Experience Design every year, and this…
Our collaboration began weeks before we arrived, via email, phone and our new favorite social media platform, WeChat. The subject was an opportunity to work with a community in Changsha City, China, to help revitalize a forgotten neighborhood. What began as a desire to work together inspired by our first visit to Hunan Normal last…
The first day of a four day workshop here at Hunan Normal University was filled with sixty excited architecture and interior design students, an impressive team of faculty, and a challenge that represents not only an opportunity for Changsha to save the hidden heart of its city and its oldest neighborhood, but also a potential model for other cities in China and the world. That’s what I thought I would be compelled to write about. And I will.
Live blogging, and wonderful conclusion to Cheryl Heller's talk at the Sex, Drugs & Helvetica conference.
Last week I traveled to Shanghai to speak at the Business4Better China Summit, sponsored by UBM and chaired by my dear new friend and inimitable connector, Richard Hsu. The gathering, called “100x100”, was a convening of one hundred for profit and one hundred nonprofit businesses that share a common intention, as the mission of Business4Better states, to “help create successful corporate and nonprofit partnerships that have a positive impact on our communities and expand the meaning of being a better business.”
After she graduates from DSI this spring and finishes her work visa, Haya Shaath will, along with other Saudi women who’ve chosen to study abroad, ask herself a question: Is it time to return home? Haya doesn’t yet know how she’ll answer the question, but she’s wondering about the transition back for the women who say “yes” and has dedicated her thesis project to supporting them in that process.
Every year the the arts department of Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), COCOA (Colegio de Comunicacion y Artes Contemporáneas), Ecuador, extends an open invitation for students to travel to NYC. The students spend a week visiting schools, museums, performances, and other creative events.
As Design for Social Innovation students, we’re constantly reminded of our responsibility to be social – to deliberately involve people in our projects, both in the design process and in our imagination of their impacts. We want to share a powerful experience we had while working on our thesis project, which seeks to improve the interaction between doctors and patients in government hospitals in India.