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Civic Service Forum: Inside / Out

Civic Service

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Civic Service Forum: Inside / Out

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The Civic Service Forum is a event series for employees of municipal government to share strategies on creating cultures of innovation within their organizations and to talk about improving the services they provide.


Inside / Out

At our fourth Civic Service Forum event, we will be focusing on outsiders seeking to create change within government. Lonni Tanner, Chief Change Officer at NYC DDC, and James Biber, principal at Biber Architects, will talk about their project with the Department of Probation to redesign waiting rooms and how small interventions with design can create epic changes. Next, Kristina Drury, founder of TYTHEdesign, will talk about bringing design thinking and methodologies to organizations as a consultant and outsider.


Lonni Tanner is Chief Change Officer and Executive Director of SeeChangeNYC at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. For 11 years, she served as Director of Special Projects for the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City, where she amassed donations of more than $50 million in cash, goods and services on behalf of innovative poverty-fighting projects. She convinced some of the nations leading architects to design 31 award-winning libraries in public elementary schools. She re-imagined the design of soup kitchens, science labs, childcare centers and playgrounds. She found innovative ways to affordably furnish apartments for formerly homeless families and inspired the use of emergency culture vehicles to break the monotony of gloom among refugees living in trailer camps in the aftermath of Katrina. As a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lonni studied design, urban planning and real-estate development, in the service of future projects.

James Biber has practiced architecture in a multi-disciplinary environment for more than 25 years. Biber’s new creative studio comes after nearly two decades as the architectural partner in Pentagram’s New York office. His career has uniquely positioned him to work in the rapidly changing design world of shifting disciplinary boundaries and collaborative environments. Trained first as a biologist, then as an architect, James has surrounded himself with a variety of thinkers from different fields to expand the notion of architecture.His projects include the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, private oceanfront homes in the Hamptons, CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, the nation’s Millennium Time Capsule, dinnerware for Umbra as well as New York City and national restaurants. Current work includes the galleries at the Koch Institute, MIT and the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, and urban streetscape projects in New York and Las Vegas

Kristina Drury is the founder of TYTHEdesign, and a social entrepreneur, designer and educator. Under Kristina’s leadership TYTHE has worked with over 30 clients, collaborated with over 10 consultants and was recently honored as a finalist in the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award. Prior to starting TYTHEdesign, Kristina worked as the NYC chapter head for Project H Design, a charitable organization focusing on product design for social change. While there, she was a lead designer of Learning Landscape, an educational active-learning playground that was a finalist for the 2011 Index Award and was featured at Cooper Hewitt’s 2010 National Design Triennial. Since its inception, 27 Learning Landscapes have been built in over 10 countries. Kristina also served as the Assistant Director of the Pratt Design Incubator, working with clients such as UNESCO, WestElm, and Starbucks, as well as a series of small non-profits and entrepreneurs. Her design work has been published in a variety of sources, most notably in 2009’s ‘Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People’ by Emily Pilloton.



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Wolff Conference Room (Room D1103, 11th floor) - Parsons The New School for Design
6 E 16th St
New York, NY 10003

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Civic Service inspires, trains & connects civil servants to create better public service outcomes and experiences for their constituents. Civic Service is an initiative from the Parsons DESIS Lab.

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