Design innovation is a powerful process for non-profits to incubate and implement meaningful projects to serve communities. Social consciousness is an effective and competitive position for all types of businesses.
Impact! courses explore the many roles creative professionals can play when executing socially-minded work.
Meet the Instructors
Associate Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons The New School for Design
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo is a Brooklyn-based Colombian artist, technologist and educator. Her artwork, centered around themes of time and transience, has been internationally exhibited and performed, including at The Kitchen and Exit Art (NYC), UCLA Hammer Museum (LA), Point Éphémère (Paris) and the Museums of Modern Art in Bogotá and Medellín(Colombia).
Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), where she partners with designers and community organizations to create visually-based educational tools that help demystify complex issues from zoning law to sewage infrastructure.
Founder, Pellegrino Collaborative
Pellegrino Collaborative was started by Andréa Pellegrino out of a belief that working with a network of multidisciplinary collaborators is the straightest path to helping clients effect lasting social change.
Attorney, Perlman & Perlman
Carly Leinheiser is an attorney with Perlman & Perlman, where she advises nonprofits and social ventures.
Founder, GALEWiLL Design
Bob McKinnon is Founder and President of GALEWiLL Design, a for-purpose company that designs social change programs, communications, advocacy and action. Here, he has designed programs, message framing, campaign, tools, outreach, public relations, advertising, websites, collateral, events and training—anything that can move the world forward.
Creative Manager at Reboot
Jennifer is the Creative Manager at Reboot, a social impact firm dedicated to inclusive development and accountable governance.
Associate Director, BBA Program, Parsons School of Design Strategies + Senior Strategist, Co-founder, Forward Mapworks
John Bruce is a strategist, experience designer, and filmmaker. His work involves mapping paths and designing experiences for platforms, programs, and engagement.
Associate Professor of Design at Parsons The New School For Design
Robert Rabinovitz is a transdisciplinary artist, poet, designer and filmmaker.
Design Historian, Author and Critic
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design and MPS Branding programs at the School of Visual Arts, New York. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times.
Founder of a social innovation strategy collaborative in New York City
Lina Srivastava is a strategist who combines technology, culture, art, and storytelling for social transformation.