Design & Purpose: The Social Innovation Issue
Creating change is a tricky art. Shifting systems and society toward healthier, more-resilient behaviors and dynamics, along with greater equity, requires not only a robust set of craft-based tools but also a depth of personal maturity and capacity for introspection.
Fortunately, the design for social innovation landscape is burgeoning with activity at all levels of participation. Over the past several years, foundations, VCs, business people, and even politicians have begun to realize what many designers have always felt: Design can be a powerful catalyst for engaging complex networks of stakeholders and solving unimaginable challenges.
The work of the people highlighted in this issue provide guideposts that point us toward what successful system interventions and a more sustainable society might look like in action. We’ve gathered many of the leading voices from the spheres of education, global business, leading consultancies, and public-private partnerships. This is the kick-start of what we hope will be a robust set of conversations within the DMI community on how social innovation relates to our daily practice and our greater aspirations—and how it leads to meaningful action.
Cheryl Heller, Mariana Amatullo, Jeff Barnum, Liz Ogbu & Cameron Tonkinwise
The Healthy Laddoo Project
Ramsey Ford & Kate Hanisian
Wicked Insights into Design Learning
Learning Emergent Strategies Through Design Thinking
Michael Westcott, Steve Sato, Deb Mrazek, Rob Wallace, Surya Vanka, Carole Bilson and Dianne Hardin
Don't Make Art, Do Industrial Design: A Voice from Industry
Kwan Myung Kim and Kun-Pyo Lee
Designing the Future at One of the Nation's Oldest Schools
Framing the Vision for Engagement
Redesigning Graduate Education
Dianne Hardin, Michael Westcott and Tom Berno
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