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What is DSI

  1. 1. What is DSI Design for Social Innovation
  2. 2. DSI Design for Social Innovation In the past decade, the number of designers working in Social Innovation has grown exponentially. Creative firms of every type include social design in their core offerings. Meet-ups and accelerators pop up everywhere. Business schools incorporate design thinking into their curricula. AIGA, the professional association for design, has created a signature national program dedicated to it. Countless non-profits are founded for the sole purpose of pursuing it. New businesses are launched on its principles. Mature companies include it in their strategies for the future. And design is needed everywhere. Design for Social Innovation at SVA is the first MFA program for people who want to lead this essential new movement. dsi.sva.edu 2
  3. 3. DSI Design for Social Innovation The traditional designer is an individual creator – with a singular vision and expertise. Raymond Loewy, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rand are examples, each with their own vision of what the world needed. Experts play this role in many fields – engineers, scientists, academics, inventors like Henry Ford, Margaret Mead, E.O.Wilson or Steve Jobs. i dsi.sva.edu 3
  4. 4. DSI Design for Social Innovation While this individual visionary role will always be a component of what design is, we have reached the point where the power of single individuals to solve the complex problems humanity faces, regardless of how brilliant they are, is unrealistic. To make cities vibrant places for all citizens, to help multi-national corporations be a force for good, and to create for-profit businesses built on products and services for a sustainable future requires adapting the traditional skills of experts to the transformation of complex systems at great scale. i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii dsi.sva.edu 4
  5. 5. DSI Design for Social Innovation Designers are evolving from creators to creative transformers, from authors to partners. For our students, DSI is the map, the tool kit and the community of mentors and partners – the doorway into a life of purpose, impact and fulfillment. Our graduates will lead transformation in industry, government, creative services, philanthropy, non-profits and as entrepreneurs. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii dsi.sva.edu 5
  6. 6. DSI Design for Social Innovation DSI at SVA is a model and resource for how design can solve human problems, and a source for the next leaders in design for social innovation. Students immerse in all complex systems that affect the future: Food Equality and Justice Poverty Environment Health Economy Education Graduates work wherever transformation is needed: Business Government Philanthropy Social Sector Entrepreneurship dsi.sva.edu 6
  7. 7. DSI Design for Social Innovation Our faculty are professionals from business, technology, research, game design, transmedia, ethics, design research, entrepreneurship, development, big data, science, museums, grant making, leadership coaching. Cheryl Heller, Chair Rachel Abrams John Bielenberg Jamie Cloud Archie Lee Coates IV Patricia Dandanoli Jeffrey Franklin Bill Gordon Karen Proctor Marc Rettig Maggie Breslin Schuyler Brown Asi Burak Steve Daniels Hannah du Plessis Julie Engel DK Holland Lee-Sean Huang Despina Papadapoulos Tina Park Lina Srivastava Julie Steele dsi.sva.edu 7
  8. 8. DSI Design for Social Innovation Design for Social Innovation at SVA prepares students to extend the roles that design plays in larger engagements and complex systems, beginning with the invisible systems of beliefs and mental models that drive behavior, and extending to more traditional forms of visual design. We build on core traditional design skills, adding tools and experiences that are relevant at larger scales. Skills common to all effective social impact participants Traditional design skills: Visualizing Critique Form giving Design applications Project management (individual or small team) Identity Development (visual) Social design skills: Mapping Storytelling Iteration/Prototyping Communication Design Research, ethnographic methods Innovation Critical thinking Writing Cross-disciplinary problem solving Identity Development (systemic) Synthesis/analysis Facilitation Project Management (large scale) Presentation/Persuasion Relationship building Sympathy (listening) Humility Partnering Collaboration Entrepreneurship Explain a Theory of Change Negotiation Leadership Systems thinking Contextualizing Prioritization Habits Financial management dsi.sva.edu 8
  9. 9. DSI Design for Social Innovation We work in teams with client partners on real world problems. Graduates will not only be prepared to play transformative roles in business and society, they will already be skilled and experienced in doing so. dsi.sva.edu 9
  10. 10. DSI Design for Social Innovation Students come from diverse backgrounds, and each has unique plans. Sara and Sebastian, Class of 2014 Renzo and Haya, Class of 2015 Sara focuses on corporate social innovation, creating impact-driven strategies for cross-sector communication and partnerships. Sara worked on the Communications and Partnerships team at United Nations Global Pulse, a UN research and innovation lab exploring how to use Big Data for development, and also worked with NYC agencies in account management and design strategy developing brand identities for global healthcare clients including Pfizer, Lilly, Nestlé, and Medtronic.  Renzo is a product designer and design researcher. He has designed sustainable products, services and tools that facilitate daily living skills for the disabled. Renzo is interested in strategies to inspire through dialogical objects/products and participatory and publicengaging business realms. He earned his undergraduate degree in Product Design and Development at Parsons. Sebastian is a born and raised Colombian and through DSI, works as an Innovation Intern at the Rockefeller Foundation. Sebastian’s research interests include technology and new media to promote economic opportunities, migration as a cultural and historical phenomenon and collaboration between diasporas and their countries of origin. Haya is a Saudi with Palestinian heritage who has conducted  research projects in India and Saudi Arabia on the formation of communities and gender roles. Haya previously worked with Edge of Arabia, an arts initiative promoting contemporary art in the Arabian Gulf and has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Geography at King’s College London.   dsi.sva.edu 10
  11. 11. DSI Design for Social Innovation DSI connects students to the most important people and organizations in social innovation. A public exhibit of student work at the Winter Show x2 Putting It All on the Table, an art for social innovation exhibit reviewed by the New York Times Design for 100%, with Marfa Dialogs and the Bucky Fuller Institute DSI hosted a TEDx event on Cities: TEDxSVA Executives from IBM came to meet our students at a Speed Networking event In collaboration with NYU Wagner and Columbia SIPA, DSI hosts a Social Enterprise Bootcamp dsi.sva.edu 11
  12. 12. DSI Design for Social Innovation DSI guest speakers are pioneers in creating a economy and society. Jeffrey Hollender - Founder, Seventh Generation on What Business Needs to Be Dr. Upmanu Lall - Director, International Water Center, Earth Institute, Columbia University Erica Block - Founder of Local Orbit on Fixing the Food Chain Bill Browning - Founder, Terrapin on Designing Environments that Enhance Nature and Humans Dr. Joel Cohen - Professor, Rockefeller University, Author of Book, "How Many People Can The Earth Support?" Jen Cohen - Music producer and Principal, SongMasters Susan Davis - BRAC founder and author of "Social Entrepreneurship, What Everyone Needs to Know." Jane Diplock - Former President, SEC of New Zealand discusses Integrative Corporate Reporting: Why the Triple Bottom Line is Good for Companies Amy Hall - Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher Emily Jacobi - Co-founder of Digital Democracy on using Technology for Human Rights Dr. Tish Jennings - Research scientist at Penn State and an authority on social-emotional learning Jorge Just - RapidFTR Founder/Project Lead at UNICEF Yolanda Kakabadse - President, World Wildlife Fund, former Minister of Environment for the Government of Equador Matt Klein - Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation, on Life as a Funder Nathaniel Koloc - Co-Founder and CEO, ReWork Jobs on Finding Work with Purpose Dr. Roberta Lee - Integrative Health Lance Lindblom - Foundation leader with Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, and MacArthur Foundation Nancy Lublin - Founder of Do Something Dr. Don Melnick - Director, Center for Environment, Economy, and Society, and Director of the Miches Project Aimee Morgana - Founder, N'Kisi Project Michael Murphy - CEO, MASS Design Group Dr. Suzana Padua Machado - President, IPE Brazil, Ashoka Fellow, and environmental entrepreneur and social innovator Dr. Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez - Director of International Programs, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, and native Amazonian villager Dr. Paul Polak - Founder, IDE and Design for the Other 90% on The Business Solution to Poverty Jason Rzepka - VP of Public Affairs, MTV Jonah Sachs - The Power of Storytelling Zainab Salbi - Founder, Women for Women, International Raj Sisodia - Co-Author, Conscious Capitalism Marguerite Smith - Chief Counsel and tribal member, Shinnecock Nation William Spear - Founder of Second Response, feng-shui master Julie Steele - DSI Faculty and Author, "Beautiful Visualization" Loree Sutton and Laurie Leitch - Embodied Leadership Ann Veneman - Former Secretary of Agriculture and former Director of UNICEF Darryl Young - Program Director, Summit Foundation dsi.sva.edu 12
  13. 13. DSI Design for Social Innovation Read what others say: dsi.sva.edu/program/press/ dsi.sva.edu 13
  14. 14. DSI Design for Social Innovation MFA DSI is for: Designers seeking relevance in the future of design, not the past, and looking for professional work that matters. Graduates in other disciplines who want to learn to harness the power of design to create positive impact. Social Entrepreneurs who want the skills and knowledge to achieve their mission more quickly and fully. Professionals who have been working in business and want to play a more central, strategic role in their industry. We are looking for visual thinkers with passion, ethics, creativity, broad curiosity, perseverance and a desire for a life with purpose. dsi.sva.edu 14
  15. 15. DSI Design for Social Innovation If you want a better future, design it. Apply: dsi.sva.edu/apply We accept applications on a rolling basis for Fall 2014. dsiinfo@sva.edu 212.592.2205 136 West 21st Street, Fifth Floor, New York, New York dsi.sva.edu 15