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Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description


Winterhouse Institute
 (a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand) is hosting a symposium at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, August 18-20, 2013. This symposium will be an invitation-only gathering of twenty-five educators and interested parties to explore the teaching and practice of social design in undergraduate and graduate design education. Previous Winterhouse Education Symposia were held in October 2010, August 2011, August 2012 at Winterhouse in Northwest Connecticut and Yale University. Proceedings, participants and case studies are published on Change Observer.

This symposium will bring together leading educators at the intersection of design and social change from institutions throughout the United States. The goal is to discuss strategies for teaching and practicing social design in the classroom and the field. This symposium also aims to foster collaborations among the participants and to build partnerships with the larger design community in effecting school-based solutions to social problems. 

This symposium is a part of a larger Winterhouse initiative around design and social innovation originally funded by the Rockefeller Foundation during 2009-2011. The symposium proceedings will be published on Change Observer, a channel devoted to design and social innovation on Design Observer, the critically acclaimed website focused on design and visual culture. Other symposia have been held in Aspen, Colorado and Bellagio, Italy.

Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change will foster direct, detailed exchanges on four themes: 
• Case studies of effective design projects for social change based in academic institutions
• Recommendations for transforming design school curricula to better accommodate such models
• Exploring the roles and opportunities for new centers of design research and practice housed within academic institutions
• Exploring the relationship between educators and outside partners and clients in facilitating social design projects

Scott Boylston, Program Coordinator – Design for Sustainability, Savannah College of Art and Design
Rodrigo Canales, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
Charlie Cannon, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, RISD; and Director, Local Architecture Research Design
Lee DavisScholar-in-Residence, Center for Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 
William Drenttel, Editorial Director and Publisher, Design Observer; and President, Winterhouse Institute
Liz Gerber, Assistant Professor, Segal Design Institute, Northwestern University 
Phil Hamlett, Graduate Director, School of Graphic Design, Academy of Art University 
Cheryl HellerChair, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts
Jennifer Hughes, Design Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Terry IrwinProfessor and Head, School of Design,  Carnegie Mellon University
Chris KasabachDirector, The Watson Foundation
David Mohney, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Architecture, University of Kentucky College of Design
Lara Penin, Assistant Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design
Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford 
Anthony Sheldon, Lecturer in Economic Development and Executive Director, Program on Social Enterprise, Yale School of Management
Cameron Tonkinwise, Associate Professor, Director of Design Studies and Chair of the Doctoral Program Committee, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Mike WeikertDirector of the Social Design (MA) and Center for Design Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art 
Joseph Zinter, Assistant Director, Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, Yale University

Winterhouse Institute acts as catalyst, coordinator and champion of an initiative in the public sphere to develop collective action and collaboration for social impact across the design industry; it also creates communication platforms for conferences and gatherings, including an editorial website to monitor and report on developments. William Drenttel directs the Winterhouse Institute and is Publisher and Editorial Director of Design Observer. 

Support for this symposium has been provided by Design Observer Group and Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental StudiesCenter for Engineering Innovation and Design and School of Management

Additional support for this symposium has been provided by Sappi Fine Paper and its Ideas That Matter program.             

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