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At the Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED), we provide ample space and resources for exploration, collaboration, and problem solving in service of a more purposeful, connected, and human world.

STORIES

INNOVATION IN ACTION: 2020 Final Showcase

On the morning of a typical Innovation in Action Final Showcase, you can find a familiar scene: teams of students nervously checking their microphones and rehearsing their pitches; judges from all over the country readying their score sheets; and staff members double-checking each detail to make sure every team has the chance to showcase five months of hard work.

ENGR X55: Finding Genuine Design Opportunities 2019

4 projects across 3 countries — working with partners to prioritize design challenges.
Programs

Academic

Academic programs invite students to dive into socially engaged design curriculum, with a wide range of formats and courses to choose from.

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SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN ACADEMY

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) offers learners the opportunity to hone their socially engaged design skills in asynchronous online learning blocks. With topics ranging from prototyping to social identity to working with a new community, SEDA brings socially engaged design concepts to life.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SEDA

VISIT THE INNOVATION IN ACTION WEBSITE

Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan is a campus-wide experience giving students the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges.

Through the course of this experience, you and your team will do a deep dive into a problem space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues, and the tools to synthesize that data and turn it into a solution.

View the world. Find a challenge. Create a better way.

VISIT THE INNOVATION IN ACTION WEBSITE

DESIGN JAMS

Design Jams bring together community partners and students from all over campus to co-create creative solutions to pressing problems.

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Workshops

WORKSHOPS

C-SED offers a variety of workshops on topics related to socially engaged design. Join us for an upcoming public workshop, or request a specialized workshop for your community of practice. Whether in classrooms, student organizations, or staff affinity groups, our workshops are available to start a conversation about socially engaged design best practices. 

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Consultations

“At C-SED, we are excited about creating connections and starting conversations. No matter what you are passionate about, we are here to help you find ways to match that passion with action.”

Erin Moore, MBA
Engagement Strategist

CONSULTATIONS

Need some guidance on a project, or a new perspective on your design? Or have no idea where to start? C-SED consultants are here to help! Book appointments with a wide range of experts, who have experience in research, teaching, design, storytelling, and community-based work.

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Collaboration Spaces

The C-SED Collaboration Spaces

C-SED offers a variety of spaces designed to fuel creativity and collaboration. Learn more about furthering your socially engaged design work by reserving the team meeting rooms, conference room, or prototyping lab.

OUR COLLABORATION SPACES

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