[quick link] Impact! Designing for Social Change

Today’s quick link > “Impact! Designing for Social Change” offers graduate-level intensive workshops for professionals and students interested in design for social advocacy.

Hosted at the School for Visual Arts,  the workshops feature sessions with faculty of designers, innovators, and social entrepreneurs. The program addresses the intersection of commercial and non-profit interests in this emerging “social design” sector:

To remain competitive, corporations are looking for innovation and impact in the area of social change as it relates to their businesses. The non-profit world is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. This six-week summer intensive will introduce participants to the growing field of design for social advocacy.

Their impressive curriculum subject areas sound absolutely fascinating and so right up this blog’s alley.  (That’s #AwesomeDesignForSocialChange Alley, btw). I honestly wish I was still living near NYC  so I could participate!  (Also, I realize I’ve posted this a bit late and past the current Summer session enrollment date, but just sign up for alerts on the site to get news on their upcoming Fall 2013 session.)

The Impact! site is chock-full of resources and useful info, including archived webinar sessions on topics like:

Also don’t miss browsing their gallery of past Impact Projects which feature learning-in-action projects in social entrepreneurship, community education, environment, health, and politics to name a few.

Design Effect

New Girl

Local Focus

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Arts and culture events, Spring SF [Part 2] May 9 “Social Mixer” and May 13 “Re-imagining the Box”

Welcome to part 2 of this post series featuring arts & culture events from my Emerging Arts Professionals fellowship program.  Rounding out the final two “Spring Series” public events: an EAP Social Mixer and “Re-imagining the Box”

But before we dive in, please make sure to save the date: June 3rd for our Annual Conference, “Emergence”.  I’ll add links and more info soon, promise!  And as always, get the latest and greatest from emergingsf.org and on Twitter @emergingarts.

 

Emerging Arts Professionals SF Bay Area – Spring Mixer
Thursday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pro Arts – 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza  Oakland, CA 94612
FREE! RSVP via Eventbrite

You asked and we answered! We know you love our heady panel discussions and all but, perhaps even more, you love to let your hair down with us.

Come network, mingle, and explore one of Oakland’s leading galleries! Meet fellow Bay Area artists and arts sector workers over drinks and snacks at Pro Arts, and learn more about Emerging Arts Professionals (EAP). See over 400 pieces in Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios Preview Exhibition and enter our business card raffle for some special art prizes. Bring your cards and a desire to meet like-minded folks!

Mixer is FREE but please REGISTER HERE

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Re-imagining the Box on May 13 at SOMArts

Re-imagining The Box

“Emerging Arts Professionals / San Francisco Bay Area invites you to an evening of open forum discussion to assess where and how R&D fits into arts and cultural innovation.

Join us on May 13 at SOMArts. Register today!

When other sectors are experiencing growth at exponential rates, how can we as arts leaders re-prioritize and re-imagine the R&D process to create impactful and innovative works in our communities? Does R&D necessary lead to innovation–and what does innovation in the arts field even look like at this point?

Re-imagining the Box
R&D, Innovation, and Future Thinkers in the Arts
Monday, May 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
SOMArts Cutural Center

We’re conducting a little R&D about R&D, with plans to create a real resource for those in the field who are interested in the now, new, and next.  Who are the future thinkers in the field? How can we make forward thinking in the arts a higher priority in cycles of support?

We’ve invited some future thinkers of our own to get the conversation started, but we need you to bring you own ideas (#BYOID) to make it count!

Speakers include:

Mat Dryhurst, Artup and GAFTA; Jess Curtis, Director/Choreographer/Performer; Jayna Swartzman, Bay Area, Center for Cultural Innovation; Julie Potter, YBCA

Our ultimate goal with this forum is to create a resource informed from your ideas. It will offer a space to share and learn about ways our peers continue to push the field into new directions–but to get things started, we need you!”

 
We hope to see you all there for a fun, interactive, and creative collaboration on Monday night at SOMarts.  Thanks for supporting our events and stay tuned for updated event recaps soon!

“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.

MIT-LCL-MOOC-screenshot
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.

[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: