Engineering for Change and Impact Design Hub present a webinar for socially engaged designers:

Equipping Development Actors to Practice Impact Design

International development actors—from students, to engineers, architects, technologists and policy makers—are designing products and services more consciously than ever before. Their growing focus on user behavior, cultural norms, processes, and political context has helped make the design and delivery of novel, poverty alleviating solutions more effective. This shift reflects the rise of “impact design,” which acknowledges that the world’s most pressing, complex challenges demand transdisciplinary collaboration.

Universities, industries, and nonprofit organizations are addressing this rise by developing interdisciplinary training programs and tools to prepare the next generation of impact designers to be better problem solvers. Examples of initiatives driving this work include Engineering for Change (E4C), Impact Design Hub (IDH), UC Berkeley’s Development Engineering PhD Program, and numerous others.

This webinar will articulate a range of models of how today’s development actors are better able, equipped and prepared to practice impact design. Join this webinar to:

    • Hear from leading international development practitioners to learn about their trajectory, and their interdisciplinary work.
    • Glean insights into the skills, training, and resources necessary for the next generation of impact designers.

PresentersSophi Martin, Director of Innovation, Blum Center for Developing Economies; Zoe Bezpalko, Design+Impact Lead, Autodesk Foundation; Christian Benimana, Rwanda Programs Director, MASS Design Group

Impact Design Hub (IDH) was started by the Autodesk Foundation and aims to be the premier online resource operating at the intersection of journalism and design for social impact.  IDH partners with leading organizations and institutions to document, analyze, and criticize the ideas that matter to them.
Also check out their series of articles and webinars on “Development Engineering” in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies: Their big idea they wanted to explore and share is Development Engineering. We’ve spent weeks with the Blum team writing and telling stories about this program. We have several pieces, stemming from the lead essay written by Berkeley Engineering PhD candidates, including podcasts and critiques.