Designmatters Associate Director Jennifer May shares her experiences managing the first LEAP Symposium, which took place a year ago at Art Center College of Design. As an MBA grad in a room with design educators, students, practitioners, and thought leaders, Jennifer brought a unique perspective to the conversation around career pathways for designers in social innovation.
This was my first introduction to the world of design, and I was inspired and intrigued by the free flow of conversation, the openness, the endless ideas generated, and the prolific use of post-its to find the connections between these ideas. (Side note: when ordering supplies for LEAP, I ordered more post-its than I thought 150 people could ever use. At the end of the event, there were only a few sad sticky notes left).
On the final day of LEAP, we held an “Innovation Fair,” where groups shared their ideas for advancing design careers in social innovation… After the Innovation Fair, LEAP attendees shared their actionable commitments for forging career pathways in social innovations… it will be really exciting to track these ideas and commitments throughout the next iterations of LEAP, to see which “what ifs” become reality.