Impact! Design for Social Change is a brand new, six-week summer intensive co-founded by Steven Heller of SVA and Mark Randall of Worldstudio to "introduce participants to a growing field of design for social advocacy." The program, scheduled between July 12 and August 20th of 2010, will bring together design thinking and social entrepreneurship to discuss ways that design strategy supports the constituencies of non-profits.
The curriculum zeroes in on three aspects of design for social change: evolving your big idea, developing your pitch, and funding your project. These lessons will be divided into two tracks, as described below:
The program will run on two parallel tracks; the first will educate students on how to conceive and execute their own projects for social change with a focus on funding projects that are not client-based. For the second track students will participate in the development and full execution of a team project that addresses a pressing need within a predetermined community. The team projects for the program are being selected in partnership with desigNYC—a group of leading designers and design advocates with a mission of improving life in New York City by helping connect the nonprofit and professional design communities.
Faculty include Mark Randall, Steven Heller, Andréa Pellegrino, Bob McKinnon, and Martin Kace, with guest lecturers David Gibson, Milton Glaser, Scott Harrison, Jason Rzepka and Edwin Schlossberg.
Learn more about the faculty, lecturers, curriculum and application process at their website or in this comprehensive pdf.