Center for Socially Engaged Design





In this Learning Lab, we will create an open and collaborative environment where participants will learn socially engaged design methodologies while thinking together about their potential application in the development sector in India. Instructors will guide participants through the stages of socially engaged design and creative problem solving framed around a real challenge. This program is offered in partnership with the SETCO Foundation and the Gujarat Corporate Social Responsibility Authority.

Topics include: 

  • Analyze your own cultural and social context
  • Identify and understand challenges
  • Develop innovative ideas
  • Select and refine ideas


The format is a mixture of discussion, case study examples, hands-on activities, and reflection on the broader application of design thinking in the development sector in India. Participants should come prepared to learn new ideas, tools, and frameworks and to contribute to a collective discussion on the potential of these tools in their own organization and in the larger sector. 


  • Collaborative Groups: You will be partnered with a group of peers whose diverse perspectives will enrich your learning experience and the collective dialogue. 
  • Premium Accommodation: Modern, premium living arrangements in the heart of Mumbai, which will allow you to make new connections and fully immerse in a learning experience.


Development sector professionals, including, but not limited to:

  • CSR or NGO professionals at any level – from CEO or Head of programs to those responsible for designing and implementing on the ground initiatives. 
  • Professionals working with diverse groups or external communities in their daily work such as HR, community outreach, or program design. 


Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Address: Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400055
Phone: 022 6676 1234

For questions and registration, contact:
Urja Shah, President, Setco Foundation







Ann Verhey-Henke
Ann Verhey-Henke is the Strategic Director of the University of Michigan Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED) and Adjunct Lecturer, Problem Solving Initiative, Michigan Law School. Prior to her appointment at C-SED, Ann was the Managing Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Lecturer in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Ann brings over 20 years of experience in building heterogeneous teams of faculty and students to work toward a common goal of innovation. Ann has a BA in Psychology and Religion from Hope College and a MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Charlie Michaels
Charlie Michaels is an Associate Director for Experiential Learning & Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED). He leads C-SED’s experiential learning programs including the fieldwork program and collaborations with university faculty to build socially engaged design into curriculums. For almost a decade, Charlie has been facilitating socially engaged art & design courses and experiences that have engaged university students with global community stakeholders in India, Ghana, Indonesia, Ecuador, and Bangladesh. He is a Creative Community Fellow of National Arts Strategies and the Center for Social Impact Strategies at the University of Pennsylvania. Charlie holds a MFA from the University of Michigan in Interdisciplinary Art & Design and a BFA from Bradley University.