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Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and President of the design lab CommonWise. She was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She founded the first design…

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Kobla Asamoah

Kobla serves as the Program Director for HBK Incubates, Hot Bread Kitchen’s business incubator. In this role, Kobla focuses on growing the incubator program and works closely with its member businesses to provide business development resources and programming that will aid in their growth ambitions. In addition to a passion for entrepreneurship, he brings years…

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Siri Betts-Sonstegard

Siri Betts-Sonstegard is a Design Researcher & Service Designer who has spent over ten years in various roles within the service industry. She applies her knowledge of service systems to her current work; research and development of cognitive tools for clinicians at IBM Watson Health. Before joining IBM, she worked as part of the Design…

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Maggie Breslin

Maggie Breslin is co-director of The Patient Revolution, an initiative to skill and support patients and communities as advocates for careful and kind health care. She has spent over a decade as a designer and researcher in the healthcare space with a particular focus on understanding the social and temporal conditions necessary to bring ideas…

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Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice is an artist and design researcher working with play and games to engage social issues and create new cultural practices. Her approach is interdisciplinary, mixing theoretical research with critical practice with a focus on grassroots activist change. She began her career as a media critic in games journalist publication like Kotaku and Paste…

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Asi Burak

Asi Burak is Co-President at Games for Change, the leading global advocate of digital social impact games. He develops programs to raise the quality and influence of social impact games and produces the Annual Games for Change Festival, dubbed “the Sundance of Video Games.” Asi works with organizations that are developing digital games to further…

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Jaimie Cloud

Jaimie P. Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City and a pioneer in the field of Education for Sustainability (EfS). She writes and publishes extensively and consults, coaches, and teaches in schools and school districts around the world. She’s developed curriculum units, full courses of…

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Archie Lee Coates IV

Archie Lee Coates IV is a founder and partner at PLAYLAB, INC., an extremely multi-disciplinary creative practice founded in 2009 in New York, and run with Jeffrey Franklin, Jonathan O’Brien and Ryan J. Simons. With no particular focus, they explore things that interest them by initiating and working with others on ideas. The past has included:…

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Alison Cornyn

Alison Cornyn is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the criminal justice system. She has extensive experience in interaction design and in facilitating civic dialogue and serves as founding partner and Creative Director of Picture Projects, a Brooklyn-based studio that produces multimedia projects about pressing social issues. Her work has received numerous awards, including…

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Patricia Dandonoli

Patricia Dandonoli has worked as both a senior executive and advisor on behalf of a range of mission-focused for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. She was Chief Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Officer at Natural Systems Utilities, which designs, builds, owns, and operates decentralized water supply, treatment, and reuse systems. Prior to joining NSU,…

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