Design innovation is a powerful process for non-profits to discover, incubate and implement meaningful projects to serve communities; social consciousness is an effective and competitive position for all types of businesses – from start-ups to Fortune 500s. How does a creative professional emerge as a social impact designer and move project ideas forward?

Impact! Design for Social Change is a six-week summer intensive exploring the many roles creative professionals can play when executing socially minded work with a focus on self-generated social entrepreneurship and collaborative community projects.

The program runs on two parallel yet related modules:

1: Social entrepreneurship

Module one will focus on social entrepreneurship and educate participants on how to conceive, develop, fund and execute their own socially-minded project, program or social-enterprise. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a developed concept with clear steps for implementation if they choose to do so.

2: Collaborative community projects

Module two brings participants together as small teams with a focus on community engagement for a New York City non-profit. Working collaboratively, team members will learn to understand and address community needs while navigating complex social, political and cultural factors. This module is in collaboration with the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

Impact! is rigorous and at a level on par with graduate studies. Along with the support of an experienced faculty, participants connect with a wide range of tools to develop meaningful social impact. Weekly lectures and field trips introduce students to a dynamic range of industry innovators.

Social innovation is a rapidly evolving area of design. This program will instill in participants the confidence, self-motivation and collaborative spirit that will be needed as they continue on in the field of design activism.

The program is oriented towards the creative professions and professionals, educators and advance college students are invited to apply. More information about this program will be posted soon.