Call: Impact! Design for Social Change summer intensive

Posted by Selina on Tuesday February 22nd 2011 at 11:55

Impact! Design for Social Change is a six-week summer intensive at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (U.S.A.).

To remain competitive, corporations are looking for innovation and impacts in the area of social change as it relates to their business. The non-profit world is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. Impact! Design for Social Change introduces participants to the growing field of design for social advocacy.

Impact: Design for Social Change is an advanced program that runs on two parallel tracks: ‘Track One’ will focus on social entrepreneurship and educate students on how to conceive, execute and fund their own projects for social change – projects that are not client-based. Along ‘Track Two’, students will participate in the development and execution of a team project that addresses a pressing need for a New York City-based non-profit organization.

Professionals, educators and advanced students in the disciplines of advertising, graphic design, product design, information design, interactive design, fashion design, photography and illustration are invited to participate. The program is oriented towards these design disciplines but that doesn’t mean that e.g. architects and social entrepreneurs can’t apply!

The summer intensive will take place from July 11 – August 19, 2011 and the application deadline is May 1, 2011.

Tuition to the six week full-time program is $6,000.

For more information (and for the application form), see:

DESIS Forum: open call

Posted by Selina on Monday February 21st 2011 at 13:33

On May 21st, DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) will host DESIS Forum/Paris – which will be held back-to-back with the Cumulus Conference ‘Crossing Talents: transversality in design’ – in Paris, France. DESIS Forum is about moving beyond mainstream models of thinking and doing and inventing new ways of living and producing. They are viable and sustainable solutions to complex problems such as: social cohesion, urban regeneration, accessibility to healthy food, water and sustainable energy management. DESIS Forum is a format conceived to give design teachers and students the opportunity to showcase their projects, to present them and to exchange their experiences in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.

And to do so, DESIS has launched a call to submit projects in the format of “4-slides exhibit – 4-minutes presentations”. The collected projects will be presented in a light exhibition in the DESIS Forum and uploaded in the DESIS website. If you will be present at the DESIS Forum the May 21st in Paris, you may also be invited to make a short 4 minutes oral presentation of the project.

The deadline for the submission is 25th of April 2011 and you can find the call here.

DESIS) is “a network of schools of design and other schools, institutions, companies and non-profit organizations interested in promoting and supporting design for social innovation and sustainability. It is a light, no-profit organization, conceived as a network of partners collaborating in a peer-to-peer spirit.It is articulated in several DESIS-Local (that are sub-networks within a specified local area). DESIS-International is therefore the framework where the different DESIS-Local coordinate themselves and where some global initiatives are taken”. See:

MAD (Media, Arts & Design) Shop: open call

Posted by Selina on Monday February 21st 2011 at 09:53

Are you:
– a product or funiture designer, graphic designer, fashion or jewellery designer, illustrator, photorapher, film maker, … ?
– and you’ve graduated or you’re a final year master’s student at the Media, Arts & Design Faculty (a collaboration between KHLim and PHL) or PHL Architecture?
– or you’re active in the network of Design Platform Limburg ( Toegepast) or the City of Genk or the Creative Drive project (Meuse-Rhine Euregion)?

Then CREATIVE DRIVE Limburg, Design Platform Limburg (Provincie Limburg), C-mine (stad Genk) and MAD Faculty (Media Arts Design Faculty, a collaboration between KHLim and PHL) have launched a call for you!

Design for Change: event at Le Lieu du Design, Paris

Posted by Selina on Monday February 21st 2011 at 09:25

On February 1st, Social Spaces visited the Design for Change event at Le Lieu du Design in Paris, France. During the event, not only the projects which entered the competition were presented, but also the three ex-aequo winners. The evening was animated with a debate on issues and challenges concerning design for change.

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