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Please join us for what promises to be a unique and important event about the future of social impact design.

In a world defined by increasing complexity, deepening disparities and rising uncertainty, the imperative to create systemic social change is palpable. To create better futures through social change requires both adapting known solutions and discovering new ones. Amidst this dynamic reality, the design discipline is emerging as a creative and deeply humanistic domain, drawing attention for its ability to forge new possibilities and spur action toward meeting social needs.

There is a newfound recognition that designers bring a unique set of abilities, approaches and methods for developing human-centered artifacts, services, environments and systems that can bring about positive change. When designing websites, graphics, furniture or a typeface, one directly designs the thing. By contrast, social impact design is more akin to architecture or entrepreneurship. One can design products, services, initiatives and organizations, but these alone do not create social impact any more than an architect’s blueprints keep out the rain.

Liz Danzico, NPR’s creative director and co-editor of a new book on social impact design, LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation, hosts a panel of individuals who share stories from the book and from the field. How can designers pursue these new career pathways in social impact design? What is needed to support the new practices in organizations? And why now? Join us for an evening of conversations that address these questions head on.


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6:00pm Light refreshments and drinks in the NPR Lobby. The Shop will be open for all of your book and tote bag needs.

7:00pm Program starts in Studio 1


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