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From Cheryl Heller on GOOD:

With this post, we're launching a new column from the faculty and students of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation. DSI was born of the conviction that design is a powerful integrating process for moving all our disparate efforts to solve the world’s challenges toward fulfillment. Our mission is to prepare the next leaders in social innovation, and to be a global resource and inspiration for learning how to use design to solve the problems we face.
At DSI we have become, in a short time, a community—of remarkable faculty who have helped to form the program, the first cohort of pioneering students from around the world, extraordinary advisors, speakers and our networks of global supporters. And we’ve learned important lessons well beyond the ones we planned.
The idea for DSI began eight or nine years ago, when Richard Wilde, Chair of SVA’s undergraduate Design and Advertising departments, asked me to create a class for his students—and said to make it about something that would interest me. That class is called Design for Good; its purpose is to introduce young designers to the practice of designing to affect an intentional impact, since that’s rarely something they have ever thought about how to do. In 2008, Richard suggested evolving that class into a graduate program... (continue reading)

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