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


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.


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


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!

[free] Social Impact Design Webinar Series via the National Endowment for the Arts

Interested in the relationship between design, education, and social impact?  Aspiring design educator or arts advocate?  This is right up your alley.

The first of the NEA’s Social Impact Design Webinar series is tomorrow, April 24th, so follow the links below to register for free!  Additional information about the webinars and design research at the NEA available here: http://arts.gov/news/news13/Social-Impact-Design.html


Social Impact Design Webinar Series

The National Endowment for the Arts Design Program will host a series of webinars to build on findings discussed in the recently released white paper, Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research, and practice (pdf). Curated and hosted by thought leaders in the field of social impact design, the webinar series will build on discussions that began during the Social Impact Design Summit held in February 2012 and will cover topics that further enhance the field’s capacity to design effectively for social impact.

You will need to register in advance of the webinars (separate registration for each webinar required). Attendance is free.

April 24, 2013 at 2pm ET: Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation
Hosted by: John Cary, Founder of http://www.publicinterestdesign.org/
Social impact design is distinguished by its human-centered approach, a practice ripe for storytelling and evaluation, with the unique potential to change hearts and minds. This webinar will explore the topics of communication and critique, featuring campaigns, entities, and individuals that successfully communicate the value of social impact design work and techniques for effectively evaluating its outcomes.

June 12, 2013 at 2pm ET: Making it Happen: Spotlight on Successful Projects
Hosted by: Jen Hughes, Design Specialist at National Endowment for the Arts

August 20, 2013 at 2pm ET: Educating the Next Generation of Social Impact Designers
Hosted by: William Drenttel, President of Winterhouse Institute  and Co-Founder of Design Observer