Introduction to Design for Social Innovation
While at CMU, I taught the Introduction to Design for Social Innovation course. This course aimed to provide an introduction to the field of Design for Social Innovation through a historical overview of theory, methods, practice, and exploration of case studies. The course was grounded in social practice and theory and aims to provide students with the capacity of critically understanding and frame current and context specific social problems. Students discussed issues around social justice, health, income inequality, food systems, environmental crises and violence, as well as the role a designer might play in addressing these challenges.
This course provided an outline of design methods related to framing social innovation; engaging with communities; problem framing; facilitating co-design workshops; ideation and concept generation; prototyping; and, implementation and evaluation.
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