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Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

A group of leading thinkers and practitioners in design, management, architecture, and engineering gathered to address issues central to promoting design education and social innovation. While the vast majority of participants had attended at least one of the three previous Winterhouse symposia, there were also individuals joining for the first time from institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Innovation: Participants

The Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Change is being held August 18-20, 2013 in New Haven, Connecticut.

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

Winterhouse Institute is hosting a symposium at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, August 18-20, 2012. This symposium is an invitation-only gathering of educators and interested parties to explore the practice of social design in design education. This summarizes the original program description.

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Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

The final report from a symposium held at Yale University, August 2012, where participants from a variety of design and education programs discussed the objectives and challenges of social change initiatives within their schools, universities, museums and programs.

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Third Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Innovation: Participants

The Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change is being held August 19-21, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut.

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

Winterhouse Institute is hosting a symposium at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, August 19-21, 2012. This symposium is an invitation-only gathering of twenty-five educators and interested parties to explore the practice of social design in design education. This summarizes the original program description.

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Designing for Social Change

Designing for Social Change is a toolkit of strategies, case studies, and stories, offering new opportunities for approaching social design in our communities. It presents students and schools as active participants, designers and design firms as social innovators, and communities as both rich laboratories for experimentation and receptive locations for creative approaches and new ideas.

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Give the Gift of Design this Holiday Season

There are countless holiday gift guides circulating this year, including many aimed at design lovers. We’d like to recommend ten opportunities to donate to worthy endeavors and growing organizations. Give a gift that can have impact.

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Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography

This bibiography was initiatied by Courtney Drake in 2010, a graduate student at the Yale University School of Management, to survey the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation. It is the beginning of a larger project by Winterhouse Institute, working with the participants of the Winterhouse Design and Social Change Symposia, to build a bibliography around the practice of social design. The work here was continued by Deirdre Cerminaro, also at Yale School of Management, in 2012. Significant additions by Cerminaro will be added to this post in the coming days.

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

This symposium, sponsored by the Winterhouse Institute, was held October 17-19 2010 in Falls Village, Connecticut. This was the initial information shared with participants.

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William Drenttel is a designer and publisher, and editorial director of Design Observer. He is a partner at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focused on social change, online media and educational institutions, and a senior faculty fellow at the Yale School of Management.


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National Design Award Trophy

In October 2011, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum unveiled a new trophy for the National Design Awards. Originally designed as an asterisk in silicon carbide by Winterhouse in 2000, the new glass trophy is by Corning GlassLab.


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