[quick links] Impact Design’s 2014 & 2015 roundups and a new report on media for social change.

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Jumping right into February 2015, check out a pair of purposeful posts on design with impact and media for social change.

First, via Impact Design Hub’s great blog, we have a couple of good design reads sure to inspire.

Our second quick link comes from a reader suggestion to  check out the Ripple Strategies report, “The Ripple Effect: How to Use the Media for Social Change.” I’ve finally taken a closer look, and so should you.  Part one lays out the new media landscape, while part two delves into developing a “solutions” media campaign.

There you have it — two great resources to celebrate Month Two (aka February)! Sound off in the comments on what you’ve found fascinating or most useful from these links.

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[infographic] Four stages of social movements

[infographic] Four stages of social movements

Infographic via an online sociology textbook > “The Real World“.

Allied Media Conference 2013: “communications, art, technology, education and social justice”

If you’ve been following this blog, I’m sure you’re already in-the-know about the Allied Media Conference 2013 that’s happening right now.

Matter of fact, if it wasn’t for a recent bout with bronchitis + laryngitis, I’d love to be in Detroit along with all the amazing activists, artists, and cultural organizers working at the intersections of comms, art, tech, education & SJ.  Thankfully, there’s PLENTY of great content to follow online to e-share in the uniquely grassroots and participatory vibe that AMC does so well.

Make sure to check out http://amc.alliedmedia.org to follow their blog, along with the happenings on social media:

I can’t wait to see all the videos, blog posts, and recaps after this weekend.  Chime in the comments below if you were there, and/or feel free to suggest any other sites with additional info, photos/videos, or notes from the conference participants!

Who’s AMP & what’s AMC all about?

A few excerpts from their sites:

Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just and creative world.

From the intersection of communications, art, technology, education and social justice, we share and develop models for transforming ourselves and our communities. Read our mission and network principles.  AMP organizes the annual Allied Media Conference. Our local programs innovate media-based practices in education, economic development and community organizing.

The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing.

AMC Vision

PARTICIPATORY MEDIA TO TRANSFORM OUR SELVES & OUR WORLD

The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.

CREATE

The AMC supports learning of all different kinds and at all different levels. The workshops are hands-on and participatory. Knowledge is passed horizontally rather than from the top down. Everyone teaches and everyone learns. At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation – of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own.  We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.

CONNECT

The AMC is a network of networks – youth organizations, international solidarity activists, anti-violence organizers, technologists, educators, media reform advocates, alternative economists, musicians and artists, disability activists, and many others – all using media in innovative ways. Some of these networks have sprouted from the conference, grown over the course of the year, then reconvened in Detroit larger and healthier. Others have adopted the AMC as an annual point of convergence and a space to forge new relationships. Through cycles of collaboration, question-asking and experimentation, our networks continue to grow, bringing new analysis, and new tools to the AMC every year.

TRANSFORM

The deeper our networks grow, the greater our capacity grows to take collective actions to transform our world. We recognize that transformation happens through our everyday movements. At the AMC, we develop new leaders and new forms of leadership, design new methods of problem-solving, cultivate the visions of our communities and build our power to make those visions real. Our strategies for transformation don’t begin or end with the three days of the conference. They evolve in our lives and our work throughout the year.

“Learning Creative Learning” – my 1st MOOC with 24K participants & the MIT Media Lab

Happy Lunar New Year folks!

What better way to auspiciously kick off my learning goals than to join a MOOC (massive open online course) all about Learning Creative Learning via the MIT Media Lab.  Today marked the first “class” session for the 24,000 participants, who seem to be acclimating to this innovative new learning environment, reviewing the course materials, and connecting with the folks in our subgroups.

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Learning Creative Learning

We’re just getting warmed up and so far, I’m intrigued and impressed with both the infrastructure and the passionate engagement of the community thus far.  It goes to show that when the content is targeted, relevant, and compelling (and FREE to boot), the users turn out.  Hopefully, I/we keep up this momentum 🙂

Stay tuned to this post for ongoing updates on my MOOC journey overall and I’ll make sure to add some curated goodies gleaned from the course as well.

In the meantime, there’s plenty to explore at the links below, even if you aren’t officially registered.  Resources include readings, video lectures, a ton of great links, and access to interesting folks working in all kinds of  sectors who value creative learning.

[infographic] Who’s Who in Public Interest Design

www.publicinterestdesign.org/people

Happy new year all!  I hope 2013 brings you a fresh perspective on the days ahead with renewed vigor and creativity.

On that note,  I’m sharing this rockin’ infographic titled “the Public Interest Design 100″ from a great site I follow at publicinterestdesign.

Designer Megan Jett highlighted 100 of the most talented, social progressives  working in various sectors at “the intersection of design and service.” The list includes nonprofits, educators, funders, organizers, policymakers, and artists.  I’ve personally used the list to curate a new list of folks to follow on Twitter to keep my “new ideas” streams topped-off  throughout the year.

Explore their process story and see the full, high-quality image versions at http://www.publicinterestdesign.org/people.

Update: May 2013 – Check out their freshly released “Global Public Interest Design 100” version.

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P.S. If you loved this infographic, then make sure to also check out their Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes page showcasing the exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. (The exhibition opened for display from October 4, 2012 and will be up/traveling for up to 5 more years).

[video] Design Thinking as a New Core Competency in Innovation: “Design is the New Business”

designthenewbusiness.com film trailer

In envisioning what kind of role I’d want to play in building new paradigms for the future “creative economy”, I came across this fascinating documentary about design thinking called “Design the New Business”.

There exists an entire body of scholarship, business management approaches, and cross-sector applications of what’s called “design thinking”, but what this particular student-created video does well is provide an overview with case stories that focus on practitioners who believe it is now, more than ever, a core competency of business. Some in the film advocate that all kinds of enterprises can benefit from embracing this new mindset and the idea of breaking the old business molds that clearly no longer work for people and society.

designthenewbusiness.com on vimeo
via Vimeo: “Design the New Business”

If you’re at all intrigued by design thinking (or even have a healthy, discerning skepticism about what its most passionate business proponents think its future holds), this film is still worth watching for some of its broadly insightful moments.

Excerpt from the film’s description on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/31678404#

Design and business can no longer be thought of as distinct activities with individual goals. Design the New Business is a film dedicated to investigating how designers and businesspeople are working together in new ways to solve the wicked problems facing business today.

The short documentary examines how they are joining forces by bringing together an international collection of design service providers, education experts and businesses that have incorporated design as a part of their core approach. Design the New Business features inspiring case studies and insightful discussions, helping to illustrate the state of the relationship and how it needs to continue evolving to meet tomorrow’s challenges.  This film is a Zilver Innovation initiative, and was created by 6 students from the Master in Strategic Product Design at the TU Delft in The Netherlands.

more > designthenewbusiness.com

[Notes]
A couple of counterpoint articles related to Design Thinking that I also enjoyed reading: