Healthcare professionals and East Harlem residents come together through social impact design.
January 25, 2016 /3BL Media/ - MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School for Visual Arts is bringing diverse voices together to understand why our neighborhoods are not as healthy as they should be, and what we can do about it.
Design for Social Innovation is an emerging discipline that works at a systems level, shifting cultures, igniting collective creativity, and realizing the kind of transformational opportunities for business and society that we need most right now. MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA NYC is the first program dedicated to teaching design at scale to produce this discipline’s next leade
July 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ - “To me, design is simply creative problem solving with a dash of zanyness. I continue to be inspired by the work accomplished at the Design for Social Innovation Program at SVA and the creativity of people like Cy Nakpodia and Bruno Silva, who are receiving the scholarship in my name. Cy and Bruno, may your future zanyness far exceed mine.” Paul Polak
Sustainability experts have had an enormous impact on global industry and infrastructure, developing innovations that reduce resources dramatically, eliminating toxic waste and bringing transparency (and therefore responsibility) to many human rights issues. The progress has been both remarkable and heartening.
Social cause gaming, or the use of games to promote awareness of societal problems, has been growing since pioneer online projects like Food Force, the United Nations World Food Program’s 2005 game about confronting famine, and Darfur Is Dying, MTV’s 2006 offering in which players navigate the terrors of a Sudanese refugee camp.
Subsequent games have raised awareness of subjects like H.I.V., sex trafficking and political conflicts, among others.
Last night I moderated a panel on “Design for the future connectivity of New York” at the new Arup headquarters in Manhattan – a “house warming” for their new digs and the first Penguin Pool1 in the US.
Given my life as a communication designer and Chair of the new MFA Program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA, I came with great enthusiasm for the topic, as well as skepticism about panel discussions in general. But first, the topic itself.