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New Clients and Partners

DSI students learn the practice of Social Design not only by theory, but through practice, working with exciting organizations, on the most important issues. This year, teams in the Communication Design class are working with Dr. Ruth Gates, a marine biologist who is selectively breeding corals to withstand the effects of climate change in the…

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Announcing the first Fast Track Winners

Fast Track is a new DSI initiative intended to take students’ bold ideas to the real world. DSI faculty Asi Burak and Maggie Breslin are leading the program, and will mentor the winners and get them the help they need to realize their ideas. The first winners are Catalina Cipri, who is developing a Facebook…

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New Start Date: September 28th!

In accordance with SVA’s reopening plan, DSI will be beginning the fall semester on September 28th in the studio. We are taking great care to develop contingency plans for various scenarios, and establish a system that will keep our students and faculty as safe as possible while in the space.  We are excited to open…

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Fall 2021 Applications Now Open!

We are excited to announce that our applications for Fall 2021 are now officially open! Our MFA candidates are designing for challenging issues faced by communities in government, sustainability, education, health, art and culture, gender, equity, and immigration, to name a few. If these are issues that interest you, we want you here: learning, growing,…

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Why DSI? Corwin Green. That’s Why.

Why DSI? Corwin Green. That’s Why. Last spring, we were lucky enough to welcome Corwin Green to our DSI family. Corwin is an educator and communications designer, whose focus lies in investigating how collective power is created in design and art. A generalist, he works in print, environmental and digital platforms. He is fascinated by…

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Announcing the 2018 Paul Polak Scholarship for DSI

We are delighted to announce that for the fourth year, incoming students can apply for the Paul Polak Scholarship from MFA Design for Social Innovation. Paul has been a friend, adviser and inspiration to our program, and to the millions of people around the world whose lives he has changed through his work to end…

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A Definition Five Years in the Making

Social innovation design is the creation and propagation of healthy, mutually beneficial relationships between humans, technology and the earth. It has the potential to impact every business, government, city, neighborhood and individual. This is what our program is about, what we teach and what our graduates are out in the world doing. To put it more succinctly, it’s the design of the relationships between people and things instead of only the things themselves.

Open House 2016

Now in our 5th year, DSI’s annual Open House has grown in both numbers and spirit, with this years festivities the liveliest so far. With potential students coming as far as Colombia to learn about our program, it was a wonderful mix of people who plan to apply, current students, alumni, faculty and staff. Four…

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DSI Career Fair: Looking Forward

On April 1st, current DSI students and interested parties engaged in an afternoon of discussion on design for social innovation. Following the successful structure of last year, the annual career fair was facilitated by four categories of discussion between both DSI students professionals in the field. Discussion Topics were as follows: Purpose Setting the stage…

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Cheryl Heller on The New Age Of Uncertainty

The current refugee crisis and the mass migrations that climate change is likely to trigger will disrupt not only the lives but the identities of hundreds of millions of people — torn from place, uncertain (at best) of their context in the world. Where we come from is, to an enormous extent, who we are. Culture determines the food we eat, what we learn, who we marry and how we live. The place where we live determines our culture, and so our identity.

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