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Cheryl Kiser on Design and Entrepreneurship in China

Last month, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to co-present at two different universities in China with long-time friend, mentor, and collaborator Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Working in that capacity together, I was able to see firsthand how the pathways in design and entrepreneurship are much more similar than they are different.

International Students Information Session — 2015

Welcome to our international information session, wherever you are in the world. We have a tradition to post, after our New York reception, an online welcome of sorts to all our international applicants. In this film, you’ll find an overview of the program, and answers to the questions we are most often asked, from our first and second year students.

Information Session

In our short history, we’ve developed a tradition of creating an open house for all those too far away to make it to New York City for an evening. On November 11, we will be posting a pre-recorded version online created with some of our international students, talking about what it’s like to be a part of DSI, and answering some frequently asked questions. If you couldn’t make it to our open house here in New York, please join us.

Announcing the DSI Design for America Scholarship

We have come to know Design for America at both a national and local level, and we love them. DFA is an award-winning nationwide network of college students and community partners using design to create local and social impact in the areas of Health, Education, Economy and the Environment.

Five DSI Students Speak at A Better World By Design

One of our favorite conferences of the year is always this one, created by students of RISD and Brown in Providence, Rhode Island. This year ABWxD focused on celebrating and supporting design processes and solutions that support a society that is inclusive.

DSI in Five

Take 5 minutes to watch this film on what DSI is all about.

DSI: The Movie

To celebrate the close of our third year, here’s a review of what’s been done, and what’s to come.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015

Thank you for being a part of DSI these past two years, and for making us all better as you grew into the extraordinary designers of social impact you have become. Godspeed as you head out into the world to lead the change we need.

Designing Change: How an MFA Program in Design is Leading Innovation

Cheryl Heller is not naive. She knows that real social or environmental change will not happen overnight, nor will it be easy or perfect. As founding chair of the School of Visual Art’s Master of Fine Arts program in Design for Social Innovation, the only MFA of its kind in the United States, she does believe that the real work of creating innovation starts by redefining entrenched ways of seeing and thinking about the issues.

Announcing the Design for Social Innovation Alumni Association

Headed by DSI Alumni Ambassadors Monica Snellings and Josh Treuhaft, the group will provide a platform for our growing DSI Alumni. Look for more news to come soon.

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