Social Design, Design for Good, Responsible Design, Design for Development – whatever you call it – Design for social innovation encompasses a vast terrain of activities.
Designers may work on small scale, stand alone solutions (such as the design of a wheelchair or a cancer awareness poster) or engage in large scale projects for cultural transformation. The effectiveness of a designer’s (or indeed of any socially-minded problem solvers', work in this broad terrain depends upon their understanding the scale in which they are operating and the impacts they hope to have.
Social Design Pathways was conceived at the 2013 Winterhouse Symposium for Education and Social Change, to enable designers to make more honest assessments of their social innovation efforts and contributions.
The Social Design Pathways is a work in progress – its development relies on it being tested and used. The Pathways is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License . In plain English, you can use it any way you
wish, as long as you attribute it and share any alterations or use of the matrix with us (and other users) by emailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developers: 2013 Winterhouse Symposium
Scott Boylston, Savannah College of Art and Design / Emergent Structures
Charlie Cannon, Rhode Island School of Design / Epic Decade
Lee Davis, Center for Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art
William Drenttel, Design Observer / Winterhouse Institute
Liz Gerber, Design for America / Segal Design Institute, Northwestern University
Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University
Cheryl Heller, CommonWise / Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts
Jennifer Hughes, National Endowment for the Arts
Terry Irwin, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Chris Kasabach, The Watson Foundation / Winterhouse Institute
David Mohney, College of Design, University of Kentucky
Lara Penin, Parsons, The New School for Design
Natacha Poggio, Design Global Change / Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
Anthony Sheldon, Yale School of Management
Cameron Tonkinwise, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Mike Weikert, Center for Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art
Joseph Zinter, Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, Yale University
Marianna Amatullo, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design
Craighton Berman (Craighton Bermann Studio)
Allan Chochinov, Core 77 / Products of Design, School of Visual Arts
Kristin Hughes, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Gala Narezo, Public Project, Pratt Institute
Maryland Institute College of Art, Center for Social Design Fellows
Sappi Ideas that Matter
The Winterhouse Institute
LEAP Symposium (at Art Center College of Design)