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
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.
Eric is the founder of miLES. Started as an online collaboration, Eric has been leading the development of miLES into an innovative practice.
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.
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.
Design Curator, Strategist and Author
Laetitia Wolff is a design curator, strategist and author, self-described as a cultural engineer, interested in design+the city.
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).
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.
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.
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Foossa
Lee-Sean Huang is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Foossa, a community-centered design and social innovation strategy consultancy. He has devoted his career to designing and scaling social innovations for and with communities and building movements for the common good.
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.