Designers have the expertise essential for driving social innovation.
As a researcher with Master’s in Design for Sustainability, “Design for Social Innovation” has always been a huge part of my personal and professional life. My work is inspired by field leaders like Victor Papanek and Victor Margolin. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event “Learn. Leverage. Lead.” sponsored by Boston+Acumen. Thought leaders from different social impact fields shared their expertise around tackling poverty through solutions that involve mobilizing systems and investing in leaders.
Eleanor Murphy, Business Development Manager from Acumen, kicked off the event by presenting Acumen’s approach and grassroots efforts towards supporting and scaling early-stage companies who tackle poverty. She illustrated how Acumen invests in financial and human capital, technical assistance, and strategic guidance with platforms in different sectors, such as housing, energy, education, and healthcare. Acumen also provides education and leadership through online and fellowship programs. Such training is focused on developing moral imagination, operational, and financial skills. Since these skills are taught in the design thinking approach, designers are in a unique position to play a more significant role enacting social change.Read More