2014 Impact! Sessions: Free Webinar Series

Impact! Design for Social Change in collaboration with Design Ignites Change every year present a series of free 30-minute webinars that explore how design-driven ideas for social good are launched. Each session is hosted by Mark Randall, chair of Impact! Design for Social Change and principal of Worldstudio, in conversation with business leaders, creative professionals and influencers working in the area of social change.

To watch archived Impact! Sessions click here.

Friday, February 21 
12:30pm, Eastern Standard Time (NewYork City)

Strategy Mapping
Starting Out Right
with John Bruce

John is the co-founder of Forward Mapworks – a strategic consulting firm using whole systems mapping to navigate the complexity of contemporary business challenges. John will discuss strategic tools for guiding design and community goals for mutual measurable success.
Friday, March 7 
12:30pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York City)

Social Design Entrepreneurship
In Search of the Holy Grail
with Lee Davis

There are countless more designers eager and able to give their time to a social cause than there are job openings in this specific field. One solution to this dilemma designers have discovered is to launch their own social initiative. Lee Davis, currently a Scholar-in-Residence in Social Design at MICA  and co-founder of NESsT, an organization that supports social enterprises, will discuss this and other issues related to social start-ups.
Friday, March 21 
12:30pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York City)

Design Citizen
Working with the Government
with Chelsea Mauldin

Good design for government spaces and services is one of the most needed yet most untapped applications of social impact design. Chelsea will share insights that her organization, Public Policy Lab has developed through partnering with public agencies to improve the design of public services.
Friday, April 11 
12:30pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York City)

Embedded Design
Impact from the Bottom Up
with Ramsey Ford

As co-founder of social design non-profit Design Impact, Ramsey Ford will share his first-hand experience with embedded design—a strategy to reconcile the top-down and bottom-up capabilities of designing with communities.
Friday, April 18 
12:30pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York City)

The Legal Labyrinth
Where do I Begin?
with Carly Leinheiser

Carly, an attorney at Perlman and Perlman – a socially-minded law-firm – will help navigate some of the legal issues associated with starting a social impact effort, such as choosing between non-profit, for-profit, or B-Corp business structures.
Friday, May 2 
12:30pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York City)

Inspiring the Next Generation
Harnessing Brilliance
with Emily Pilloton

Seasoned social impact designer Emily Pilloton will discuss how the organizations she founded, Project H and Camp H, use the power of creativity, design, and hands-on building to amplify the raw brilliance of youth, transform communities, and improve K-12 public education from within.
This series is in partnership with Design Ignites Change a collaboration between Adobe Foundation and Worldstudio. Visit the Design Ignites Change website to learn more about awards, scholarships, workshops and other activities for architects and designers interested in social change.
Note: Program subject to change.