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
Co-founder, Design Impact
Ramsey Ford is a cofounders of Design Impact, a non-profit organization whose mission is to embed design within non-profit organizations to create innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing needs, such as better access to water, safe environments or livelihood.
As the founding director of Hester Street Collaborative (HSC), Anne Frederick has worked to develop a community design practice that responds to the needs of HSC’s local neighborhood of the Lower East Side/Chinatown as well as the needs of under-resourced NYC communities city-wide.
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.
Mark is principal of Worldstudio, a New York City strategy and communications firm that builds bridges between clients and communities to enable positive social change.
Executive Director, Public Policy Lab + Mauldin Content
As executive director of the Public Policy Lab, Chelsea works with public agencies to identify service-design challenges, then assembles teams that translate complex policy considerations into pragmatic, replicable solutions.
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.
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.
Author, Designer, Social Entreprenur
Lee Davis is an author, designer and social entrepreneur, and currently a Scholar-in-Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Founder, futureflair + Executive Director, desigNYC
A design writer, curator and strategist, Wolff is desigNYC’s executive director, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of good design.
Founder, Project H
Emily Pilloton founded the design nonprofit Project H in 2008, believing deeply in the power of design and building to excite learning and citizenship.
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