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MFA Design for
Social Innovation

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205


Upcoming Events


ONLINE MASTER CLASS Talking Our Way to the Future: Sept. 20
Using words that define and then bring about, the future we want. Register here.

Marketplace of the Future:
Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In the future, all companies will be working with people and the planet in mind. Today, these companies are beginning to show themselves as seedlings of a new normal. Join DSI at this sustainable showcase, full of jazz, food, drinks, art and climate change camaraderie. The event is part of Climate Week NYC and is free to attend. RSVP here.

Better World x Design:
Sept. 29

Current social, political, environmental and technological challenges have created worldwide tensions, making a designer’s job particularly important and precarious now. That’s why this year’s Better World by Design conference will focus on using innovation to lift tensions and create a global impact. Speakers at the conference include 2018 alums Stephen Morrison, Amanda Finuccio, Nicholas Chan, Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala, Malé Sandoval and Jessie Silver, and Chair Cheryl Heller, who will also moderate the alumni panel. Get your tickets to the Sept. 28 – Sept. 30 conference here.


DMI Design Leadership Conference: Oct. 8 – Oct. 9
Chair Cheryl Heller will give provocative keynote about the future of design at the Design Leadership conference on Oct. 9 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets can be purchased here.

ONLINE MASTER CLASS Why Plans Don’t Work Anymore, and What Does: Oct. 18
Feedback loops and real time data. Register here.

The Intergalactic Design Guide Book Launch – Babson Park, MA:
Oct. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join DSI and The Lewis Institute on Friday, Oct. 23 for the Babson College launch of designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller’s book, “The Intergalactic Design Guide.” RSVP here.

The Intergalactic Design Guide Book Launch – New York, NY: Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join us on Friday, Oct. 26 at the SVA Gramercy Gallery for the NYC launch of designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller’s book, “The Intergalactic Design Guide.” RSVP here.

Graduate National Portfolio Day – Boston at MassArt: Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register here.

Graduate National Portfolio Day – New York City at Parsons: Oct. 28 from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here.


The Intergalactic Design Guide Buffalo Book Launch: Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join us at dig at the Innovation Center, presented by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Register here.

DSI Open House: Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join DSI for our open house to learn how you can become a creative leader. RSVP here.

MODA Design Conversation with DSI Chair Cheryl Heller: Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Join SVA DSI and MODA on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for a Design Conversation with Cheryl Heller, DSI Chair and author of “The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design.” Tickets can be purchased here.

Security and Sustainability Webinar: Nov 15 from 1:15 p.m to 2:45 p.m.
Join author and designer Cheryl Heller in a 90-minute webinar, co-sponsored by SSF and Island Press, to explore the principles of social design and how to apply them to vexing societal challenges. Register here.

Online Graduate National Portfolio Day:  Nov. 30
Register to attend here.


ONLINE MASTER CLASS The Skills of the Future and How to Acquire Them: Dec. 13
Soft skills or power skills are the secret to success. Register here.


ONLINE MASTER CLASS Falling Out of Love with Experts:  Jan. 10
Why everyone needs to be a designer. Register here.


ONLINE MASTER CLASS Creative Leadership: Feb. 14
How to step up to the plate and why you need to. Register here.


Harnessing the Creative Potential of Design for Social Good: April 2, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Designer, business strategist and DSI Chair Cheryl Heller, author of “The Intergalactic Design Guide,” will talk with designer Rosanne Haggerty about how social design can help address our most pressing challenges, from poverty to climate change, at the 92nd Street Y.

Design has built global brands, disrupted industries, and transformed our lives with technology. It has also contributed to the complex challenges we face today. Social design is a new kind of leadership. Cheryl and Rosanne discuss some innovative approaches for increasing creativity, strengthening relationships, and developing our capacity to collaborate — with the potential to transform everything from corporations to cities and to design ourselves for change.

Visit the 92 Street Y’s site to purchase tickets to this exciting talk.

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205