Project Blog


January 6, 2016

In this five-minute video, Karla Despradel presents her 2014 Impact! project; a toolkit and platform for individuals struggling with depression.


Papa Yama’s Heart

In this five-minute video, Joni Yamashiro presents her 2014 Impact! project; a snack-box for dads to fight heart disease.


Mariana Ribeiro

May 20, 2015

Mariana Ribeiro doesn’t necessarily suggest that you quit your stable job at a bank right after finishing Impact! Design for Social Change program to launch your own social venture, but that’s what she did and it turned out rather well for her. Mariana and Fernanda Cabral—her friend and co-worker at the bank—attended Impact! in 2012 … Continue reading Mariana Ribeiro


Jason van Dyk

Little did Jason van Dyk know at the time, but his final presentation for the 2012 Impact! Design for Social Change program would become a valuable tool that would lead him to raise $40,000 in funding and allow him to see his Big Idea become a reality. While in New York City, Jason wanted to … Continue reading Jason van Dyk


Tania Jiménez

Proving that social change can also be delicious, Tania Jiménez attended Impact! Design for Social Change in 2011 and then returned to her community in Montreal, Canada, empowered with the skills to become a leader in their culinary social entrepreneurship scene. In addition to launching and developing her Big Idea project, Moitié-Moitié, she continues to … Continue reading Tania Jiménez


Mollie Ruskin

May 12, 2015

Have you ever been frustrated by federal government services? Mollie Ruskin doesn’t want you to give up on our national institutions just yet. As a Designer for the US Digital Service (USDS), she’s bringing design to the White House and recruiting the private sector’s most creative minds to join her. After attending the 2011 Impact! … Continue reading Mollie Ruskin


Mapping Impact Panel Discussion

February 12, 2015

Over the past decade there has been a great deal of funding and resources devoted to community-based design work—from architecture and urban planning to graphic and product design—yet there have been far fewer resources devoted to assessing the impacts these projects and initiatives have had on the communities and individuals they claim to affect. On … Continue reading Mapping Impact Panel Discussion