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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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Thesis Intensives: Getting Your Work Out There

With years of experience in fundraising and expanding partnerships, Thesis Advisor Kara Meyer knows a thing or two about publicizing and growing a project. In our latest thesis intensive–Getting Your Work Out There–Kara walked our students through some tips and tricks on effective PR strategies for their blossoming thesis projects. Using Kara’s work at +POOL–the…

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Save The Date! Thesis 2021

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s annual Thesis Show will mark a long-awaited return to SVA! Our students have developed ground-breaking projects over the course of the year, and will be presenting them live at SVA Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on Thursday, May 6 beginning at 11:30AM. Our students abroad will be featured during…

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Thesis Show 2021!

The annual DSI Thesis Show presentations will be held on Tuesday May 6th, from 11:30am to 4:00 pm Live on Youtube. A special keynote will be delivered by George Aye of Greater Good Studio. This year our graduates have developed ground-breaking projects that challenge and address social and systemic problems out in the world. Please…

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Announcing George Aye as our 2021 Keynote Speaker

We are honored to welcome Greater Good Studio’s Co-Founder & Director of Innovation, George Aye, as our Thesis 2021 keynote speaker. “George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can lead to positive behavior change. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer…

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NEXT WEEK: DSI Thesis Show 2021!

Next week, we will be returning in-person to SVA for our live Thesis Show! We’re so proud of the work our students have developed over the course of this uniquely challenging year, and know that their presentations will be extraordinary.  The graduating cohort will be presenting their work at the SVA’s Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to our 2021 cohort, who presented their heavily researched and thought-provoking thesis projects yesterday, May 6th after a uniquely ambiguous and challenging year.  We thank our faculty, thesis advisors Sloan Leo, Kara Meyer, Sahar Ghaheri, and Mari Nakano, and George Aye of Greater Good Studio for their thoughtful…

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Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda on Trauma-Informed Design

As part of their thesis project, DSI recently sponsored 2021 graduates Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda to attend a social design master class in Trauma-Informed Design Research taught by Sticky Design Studio in Australia. They wrote back to us with reflections on their experience and learnings: “While this was not our first workshop on…

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