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Impact Design Education Summit

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The Blum Center For Developing Economies, UC Berkeley

B100 Blum Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Social impact design, referring to the practice of design for creating positive change and lasting impact in low-resource settings, has increasingly gained popularity at universities across the country and indeed globally. From engineers to entrepreneurs, students from diverse disciplines are seeking opportunities in this field. But how can universities better equip students in translating ideas, projects and skills from classrooms and lab benches to the real world?

With support from the Autodesk Foundation, the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley will host the Impact Design Education Summit to bring together educators and practitioners to discuss the state of university-based impact design education. The summit aims to generate and disseminate knowledge about impact design pedagogies, from novel curricula used by universities and design colleges to online approaches targeting lifelong learners. Sessions will highlight best practices and learnings across the country, with a focus on how to integrate equity, entrepreneurship training, and 21st century skills into design impact curricula. Participants will gather to brainstorm existing strategies used to teach design, compare tactics, and create an agenda for determine the most effective vehicles for imparting impact design skills on future practitioners.



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8:30—9:00 am Registration & Breakfast

9:00 — 9:15 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15—10:30 am Panel 1

10:30—10:45 am Break

10:45—11:45 am - “Unconference” Breakout

11:45—12:45 pm Lunch

12:45—2:00pm Panel 2

2:00—2:15 Break

2:15 —3:30 Panel 3

3:30 — Closing




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Panel 1 - Equity & Design: Impact Design as Inclusive Design

Design-thinking has fundamentally changed the relationship between designers and those they are designing for. But how can we redesign the design thinking process and tools themselves to ensure it truly addresses community inequity? How can we approach equity, such as race, gender, and social class dimensions, in design thinking higher education pedagogy and curricula?

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Panel 2: Integrating Entrepreneurship and Design to Cultivate 21st Century Skills

Design thinking can be successfully used to help social entrepreneurs implement their ventures, but how can we better integrate designing thinking and social entrepreneurship training within the classroom? What skillsets do design and entrepreneurship help to cultivate within students? This leads to a broader question of what core competencies are required for the 21st century student who wants to make impact. How can universities best equip students with both technical and nontechnical skillsets to tackle global challenges?

Speakers:

  • Dr. Sophi Martin, Innovation Director, The Blum Center (Moderator)

  • Sunand Bhattacharya, Global Education Strategist, Autodesk

  • Loic Comolli, Co-CEO, NESsT

  • Dr. Samantha Dewalt, Managing Director, Lehigh@The Nasdaq Center

  • Dr. Ben Linder, Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Panel 3: Beyond the Hackathon: The Latest Tools and Modalities for Teaching Impact Design

There have been myriad modalities to engage students in impact design activities - hackathons, design swarms, project-based classes, online toolkits, student groups, etc. How are these tools evolving to meet the needs of today’s impact designers, and what new tools are on the horizon? This panel discusses what tools are working now, how they are evolving, and where impact design education tools are headed next.

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For more information, please contact Chloe Gregori at cgregori@berkeley.edu

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The Blum Center For Developing Economies, UC Berkeley

B100 Blum Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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