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Mai Kobori

Mai is a co-founder of Blank Plate, a creative culinary program in Hunts Point, South Bronx that uses the power of hands-on design workshops to inspire teens to transform their relationship to food while promoting issues of food justice. The program creates a positive narrative of healthy food access and equity within the local NYC…

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Cathy Richards

Cathy Richards is a technology advisor whose expertise lies at the intersection of Data, Technology and Social Change. She has worked with non-profits in India, Zimbabwe, South Africa to develop lightweight measurement systems and advised activist organisations on the responsible implementation of new technologies. She also co-founded Pueblo CoLab – a collaborative aiming to help…

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Caroline Mak

As a former food entrepreneur, Caroline Mak is committed to advocating for underrepresented small business owners, especially in the food space. She co-founded and ran a beverage company, Brooklyn Soda Works for seven years and the successes plus the failures of her first company led her to become invested in learning more about what supports…

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Stephanie Yim

Stephanie Yim is a multidisciplinary designer focused at the intersection of community-centered design and civic tech. She practices her work through a lens of racial equity, decolonization, and care. As a senior designer at Public Policy Lab, Stephanie partners with government agencies and non-profit organizations to design improved ways to deliver public services to at-risk…

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Community Design for Leaders Wrap-Up

In June we wrapped up our first round of sessions of our Community Design for Leaders summer course. The two week collaboration between DSI, FLOX Studio, and Core77 was a huge success, and left attendees with a deep understanding of power, belonging, and independence within communities. In order to reach these understandings, the course defined,…

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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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Sahar Ghaheri

Gearing up for Fall 2020

With a successful orientation complete, DSI is in for an exciting semester. This year’s Jump-Start featured a combination of design thinking workshops from members of our faculty, advice on the creative process from 2018 Alum Jeralyn Richardson, and an assortment of games and conversations that allowed the DSI family to get to know one another…

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Why DSI? Kate Reed Petty. That’s Why.

Professional fiction writer Kate Reed Petty began teaching Creative Writing for Social Designers in Spring 2020. When she’s not writing or teaching, Kate serves as a communications consultant who specializes in working with civic and nonprofit organizations. As an editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and strategist, Kate has worked with organizations including Friends of the…

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Kara Meyer

Kara Meyer is Managing Director at + POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool. She helped establish the 501c3 Friends of + POOL in 2015 and heads the organization’s operations, programming, and administration, with a focus on fundraising and expanding partnerships for the development of the + POOL…

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