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
Founder, Social Innovators Collective
In 2011 Shana Dressler founded the Social Innovators Collective. The organization’s mission is to train and nurture the next wave of social change leaders so they can demonstrate measurable impact and achieve financial sustainability.
New Media Director, The Other 98%
Josh Bolotsky is an online and offline organizer, toolmaker, writer and occasional voice-over artist, currently serving as New Media Director at The Other 98%, and sometimes working on other activism projects through the subvertising agency collective Agit-Pop Communications.
Strategic Management & Business Development
Craig Bromberg develops and designs new businesses, innovating new business models, with lean and sustainable customer engagement— and a special interest in content strategy and customer journey design.
Manager of the 20K House for Rural Studio
For the past three years, Marion McElroy has been the Manager of the 20K House for Auburn University’s Rural Studio, an educational program designed to impart practical experience to architecture students while improving the living conditions in rural Alabama.
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.
Associate Professor of Design at Parsons The New School For Design
Robert Rabinovitz is a transdisciplinary artist, poet, designer and filmmaker.
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 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.
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.