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  • 2017 Native Startup Innovation Challenge Winners

    2017 Native Startup Innovation Challenge Winners

    Three Navajo entrepreneurs secured $5,000 in start-up prize money and one year of business counseling and advising services to get their start-ups off the ground after winning the 2017 Native...

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  • The DO School Future of Audio Entertainment Challenge

    The DO School Future of Audio Entertainment Challenge

    The DO School, a New York and Berlin-based outfit that helps young entrepreneurs develop their ideas using innovative, design learning-based tools, is now accepting applications for its Future of...

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  • Applications Open for the Arcus/Places Prize

    Applications Open for the Arcus/Places Prize

    Through August 15, 2017, applications are being accepted for the 2017-18 Arcus/Places Prize. This biennial award is a unique collaboration between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College...

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  • Startup Weekend Social Impact Edition

    Startup Weekend Social Impact Edition

    This weekend, Techstars Startup Program hosts Startup Weekend in New York. Startup weekend will help burgeoning entrepreneurs learn how to actualize their ideas and concepts into tangible...

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  • Racial Inequity in Social Impact Design

    Racial Inequity in Social Impact Design

    By: Christopher Scott “You are either so new to public interest design that you are excusably naïve, or so seasoned in the industry that your wisdom defies questioning.” These were the poignant...

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  • Call for Entries: Working for Racial Equity in Design

    Call for Entries: Working for Racial Equity in Design

    As part of the Impact Design Hub IDEAS Series we are surveying organizations in impact design who are working on racial equity initiatives. In July 2017 we will be hosting an online roundtable...

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  • Public Impact Design Training with CivicMakers

    Public Impact Design Training with CivicMakers

    Join CivicMakers for a Public Impact Design training: an innovative framework for human-centered, collaborative problem-solving. WHEN: June 20 WHERE: Oakland, CA Drawing from experience on the...

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  • The Open Hand Approach to Social Intrapreneurship

    The Open Hand Approach to Social Intrapreneurship

    by: Chris Lambert For almost a decade, Open Hand Studio has worked as an incubator for public interest design projects within the structure of CannonDesign. The global design firm launched the...

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  • PATH Global Design Challenge

    PATH Global Design Challenge

    PATH, Autodesk, and the Autodesk Foundation are partnering to crowdsource design concepts for the look and feel of the RELI Delivery System, a low-cost, reliable, reusable infusion pump that...

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  • Thrive Arts Design Educator Residency

    Thrive Arts Design Educator Residency

    Thrive Arts, an affordable strategic planning and marketing service in Helena, Arkansas, is seeking four people to join the inaugural class of its new design educator residency program. The...

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  • Time Well Spent and the Ethical Consumption of Tech

    Time Well Spent and the Ethical Consumption of Tech

    Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google, is leading the charge to change the way UX and software designers approach consumer tech products and services in our tech-saturated world. He...

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  • Impact Design in the Twin Cities

    Impact Design in the Twin Cities

    by: Frank Edgerton Martin Minneapolis and St. Paul share rich legacies of innovation in public interest design. They lie at the center of a geographically immense and low-density metropolitan...

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  • What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge

    What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge

    What Design Can Do (WDCD), the IKEA Foundation, and Autodesk invite designers and problem-solvers from all disciplines to participate in the What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge, a global...

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  • Academic Impact Design: Part II

    Academic Impact Design: Part II

    By: Bruce N. Wright Institutions that work in academic impact design in the Twin Cities are making use of and sharing the research and methodologies inherent to the academic world. Bridging the...

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  • An Introduction to Social Intrapreneurship

    An Introduction to Social Intrapreneurship

    By: Achal Patel & Russell Gong Overview Management consultants are typically not thought about as impact designers, but five years ago, a team of young professionals in Deloitte Consulting LLP...

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  • Academic Impact Design in the Twin Cities

    Academic Impact Design in the Twin Cities

    By: Bruce N. Wright In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake killing thousands and displacing tens of thousands to countries outside their own, including the United States where they...

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  • How Youth Are Using Design to Approach Police Brutality in Minneapolis

    How Youth Are Using Design to Approach Police Brutality in Minneapolis

    By: Genevieve Poist Prompted by the social unrest caused by the 2015 and 2016 shootings of Jamal Clark and Philando Castile, many of North Minneapolis’ young people, specifically those of color...

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  • Observations from Thunder Valley CDC

    Observations from Thunder Valley CDC

    Somewhere in the middle of Nebraska, behind the wheel of a U-Haul containing all of our recently married possessions, I turned to our dog sitting in the passenger seat and declared, “We aren’t in...

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  • Rose Fellowship Application Cycle Now Open

    Rose Fellowship Application Cycle Now Open

    The application cycle is now open for the 2018-2020 Rose Fellowship.  This year the five fellowships are being awarded: Atlanta, GA  – hosted by Quest Community Development Organization Green...

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  • 2017 Global Health Hackathon

    2017 Global Health Hackathon

    The Baylor College of Medicine Global Innovation Center and TMC Innovation present the 2017 Global Health Hackathon, a two-week long summit for interdisciplinary teams to conquer some of the...

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