LEAP 2: Value of Design Symposium coming to Baltimore April 10-11

NDC is pleased to participate in the LEAP 2: Value of Design Symposium at the Center for Social Design at MICA on April 10-11.

A new generation of designers is emerging committed to applying their creative talents to address the critical, “wicked” social and environmental challenges of our time. An increasing number of educational institutions have responded by offering interdisciplinary educational opportunities for designers to develop the awareness and skills they need to pursue professional opportunities in the field and approach complex social problems empathically, systematically and collaboratively.

But what are the professional pathways for young designers pursuing careers in design for social innovation after graduation? And are designers receiving the preparation they need to face the realities of this challenging and evolving marketplace?

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Public Plenaries will be held at MICA’s Falvey Hall on Sunday the 10th and Monday the 11th:

PUBLIC PLENARY 1: Value of Design Series, 7-9pm
Location: MICA Falvey Hall, 1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21217
Free and open to the public (see our Facebook event page)

LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways for Design in Social Innovation
Co-Editors of “LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways for Design in Social Innovation,” will share highlights and insights from this newly-released book and reflections from the first LEAP Symposium.

Provocateurs:

  • Mariana Amatullo, Vice President & Co-Founder, Designmatters, ArtCenter College of Design
  • Liz Danzico, Creative Director, NPR & Founding Chairperson, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts
  • Jennifer May, Director, Designmatters Department, ArtCenter College of Design
  • Andrew Shea, Principal, MANY

Current Challenges & Opportunities for Professional Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
Leading educators, practitioners and thought leaders will provide their perspectives on the current challenges, opportunities and emergent trends in professional pathways in design for social innovation.

Moderators: 
Eva Fury, Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow (2015-16), Center for Social Design, MICA
Briony Hynson, Deputy Director, Neighborhood Design Center & Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow (2012-13)

Provocateurs:

  • George Aye, Co-Founder & Principal, Greater Good Studio
  • Sara Cantor AyeCo-Founder & Principal, Greater Good Studio
  • Sarah Brooks, Insights & Design, Veterans Experience, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Christine Gaspar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
  • Kippy Joseph, Associate Director, Innovation, Rockefeller Foundation

PUBLIC PLENARY 2: Value of Design Series, 7-9pm
Location: MICA Falvey Hall, 1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21217
Free and open to the public (see our Facebook event page)

Envisioning the Future for Professional Pathways in Design for Social Innovation
Leading educators, practitioners and thought leaders explore and imagine new directions and horizons, providing an aspirational vision for professional pathways in design for social innovation.

Moderators: 
Silvia Mata-Marin, Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow (2015-16), Center for Social Design, MICA
Becky Slogeris, Associate & Faculty, Center for Social Design, MICA & Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow (2012-13)

Provocateurs:

  • Gaby Brink, Founder & Chief Designer, Tomorrow Partners
  • Justin W. Cook, Senior Lead for Sustainable Development, Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra
  • Liz Ogbu, Principal, Studio O
  • Seema Patel, Division Chief, Innovation Design and Advisory, Global Development Lab, USAID
  • Rafael Sergio Smith, Senior Designer, IDEO.org​

​For provocateur bios, see our speakers page.

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