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February 21, 2013

Social Impact Design Summit Report Released


Almost exactly one year to the day after the actual event, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and other partners have released their report on the Social Impact Design Summit. Titled Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice, the 43-page report, edited by Julie Lasky, at the time with DesignObserver and now with The New York Times, is an important record of the February 27, 2012 event, preceding and subsequent milestones. We can only hope it spurs substantially deeper investment in social impact design by the National Endowment for the Arts and its summit partners, other foundations, corporations, and related entities–the principal intent of the summit.

Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice chronicles the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit which brought together a diverse group of leading practitioners and educators explored the gaps, challenges, strategies to advance the burgeoning field of socially responsible design. Organized by Cooper-Hewitt, The Lemelson Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the Surdna Foundation, the day-long event was held at The Rockefeller Foundation offices in New York.

Click here to read the announcement and download the actual report from the website. Note: The Cooper-Hewitt may be live-streaming an event tonight in conjunction with the report release, including a panel discussion, profiled here previously.

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