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Process and Collaboration: Why Community Design Needs More Cross-Fertilization

This is the sixth post in the “Design for Equity” series. Read all articles in the series in the design for equity section. I once had the good fortune to have lunch with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at a meeting for a group of politically active young women. To demonstrate why she was so committed to developing that(…)


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NEA Social Impact Design NOW Webinar

We are happy to announce the NEA Social Impact Design webinar series! This series will be exploring the changes and issues in the field of impact design by having thought leaders curate topics on engaging issues such as the role of women in design and the diversity of training opportunities. Our own Katie Crepeau will(…)


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Public Interest Design After Architecture for Humanity’s Legacy

The buzz around Architecture for Humanity’s closure is still tangible. The field of public interest design is looking to this event with a mixture of despair and optimism for the future. Jessica Garz, a program officer at the Surdna Foundation, approaches the situation by focusing on other organizations in the field that have not necessarily(…)


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Design for Equity: Introduction to an Eight-Part Feature Series

Over the past few weeks, news of the closure of Architecture For Humanity has led to many critiques and questions, not only about the future of AfH, but the future of the entire field of public interest design. Inspired in the 1960s by the civil rights movement and maintained by humble practitioners across the globe,(…)


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Reminder: Surdna Social Change RFPs Due 11/12

The deadline to submit socially-engaged art and design project proposals to Surdna’s Artists Engaging in Social Change program is quickly approaching. Ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, the grants will be awarded to artists whose “long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly ‘activist.’” Proposals are due Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:59pm ET and grant awards will be(…)


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Surdna Issues RFP for Social Change Artists

As part of the Artists Engaging in Social Change program, the Surdna Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals to support artists and organizations focused on social engagement. Ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, the grants will be awarded to artists whose “long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly ‘activist.’” The second(…)


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Surdna Awards $845K to Community Design Orgs

Operating under the tagline “Fostering sustainable communities in the United States,” the Surdna Foundation has developed the Thriving Cultures program to support artists, architects, and designers working in community engaged design. For this quarter of 2014, the foundation has awarded eight grants totalling an outstanding $845,000 to organizations that “combine artistic and design practice with(…)


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DCDC Publishes “Impact Detroit How-To Guides”

Launched in 2011, “Impact Detroit” is an initiative of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) aimed at building Detroit’s capacity for community development. With the support of the Surdna Foundation, Impact Design has created a brilliant, beautiful, colorful series of “How-to Guides” for communities and organizations, for example, explaining often complex city processes in more(…)


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DCDC Publishes "Impact Detroit How-To Guides"

Launched in 2011, “Impact Detroit” is an initiative of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) aimed at building Detroit’s capacity for community development. With the support of the Surdna Foundation, Impact Design has created a brilliant, beautiful, colorful series of “How-to Guides” for communities and organizations, for example, explaining often complex city processes in more(…)


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Public Interest Design Week Update

In this brief update, we want to first acknowledge our newest sponsors: The Curry Stone Design Prize and The McKnight Foundation. The video above beautifully and playfully introduces the first–the prestigious, $100,000+ award recognizing social design entrepreneurs. The second is one of the country’s largest foundations while remaining anchored in one state–Minnesota–and still under the(…)


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