Creative collaborations to design the future

talk – 20 min | Feb 3 – 11:30

Social design is the design of relationships, between humans and technology, with the earth, and with each other. Design sparks opportunities for social innovation, creating new models, ideas, and interventions that address the big problems faced by businesses, governments, organizations, and communities. At the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) graduate MFA program, mastering the design process is just the beginning. We think through making and understand the craft, yet creative leaders identify and scope challenges, research and develop insights, understand systems and how to work with them, lead the generation of new ideas and facilitate change. It requires getting out of the classroom and working with the communities and stakeholders involved - to truly meet the needs of those impacted. Educating future creative leaders on how to design with communities to support and sustain interactions for social impact is essential.

This talk presents some of today’s considerations shaping design in social innovation as well as examples from recent graduates of the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) MFA program at the School of Visual Arts.These creative leaders are designing with (not just for) communities and making bold moves towards equitable, inclusive, and creative approaches to design the future.

Miya Osaki

Miya Osaki
School of Visual Arts, United States

About the speaker

Miya Osaki

Miya Osaki

School of Visual Arts, United States
Miya Osaki is the chair of the Design For Social Innovation MFA program at School of Visual Arts. In addition, Miya is the founding partner at Diagram a New York-based, women- and minority-owned healthcare design studio. Miya brings her skills in interaction design, human-centered research, storytelling, and behavior design to create experiences aiming to better outcomes and enable patients to better improve their health, wellbeing, care, and quality of life. She is also the co-host of the podcast, Yah, No, focused on the intersection of design, business, and healthcare. Prior to Diagram, Miya served as Director of Experience Design at Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Design Office creating innovative solutions chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic pain. She is a pioneer recipient of the DesignMatters Fellowship at Art Center College of Design where she collaborated with the UNICEF Innovation Team. A west-coast native, Miya currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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