Sixteen students from around the world are converging on New York City to explore how to apply design thinking – the combination of unleashed creativity and executable actions – to pressing social problems. The participants, from as far away as Brazil, Australia and Portugal represent a variety of disciplines and range in experience from graduate level students to seasoned professionals.
The sold out, six week program at the School of Visual Arts will run on two parallel tracks: the first will educate students on how to conceive and execute their own projects for social change with a focus on funding projects that are not client-based. Along with a personal project, students will participate in the development of a team project that addresses a pressing need for a local non-profit organization. On this track, participants will roll up their sleeves to take the program out of the realm of theoretical thinking and extend it into the real world.
The program was co-founded by Steven Heller, design historian, author and critic and Mark Randall, Principal of Worldstudio. Randall serves as the program chair, noted faculty includes: Chad Boettcher, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Martin Kace, Empax; Bob McKinnon, YellowBrickRoad; Michelle Mullineaux, ESI Design; and Andréa Pellegrino, Worldstudio.
Over the course of the six weeks students will participate in a series of lectures and field trips with eighteen leaders in the areas of design and social change.
Through a partnership with desigNYC the participants will be collaborating with a variety of New York City non-profit organizations: Healthy Bodegas, IOBY, Democracy Now!, The Blk Projek and Enterprise.
To learn more about Impact! visit: www.sva.edu/impact