Well, this is an official notification to everyone, that as of a couple of months ago I am now on the roster of adjunct faculty members for the Industrial Design department at RISD. My time has been spent this summer continuing my research and developing a syllabus for an advanced studio in the Fall, hence the slow pace of blog updates. I am telling people now to encourage feedback, advice, input, collaboration and dialogue over the next couple of months before embarking on this new journey. I have quite a bit of freedom on this development with some big picture ideas, so I would love to hear all questions and comments. Feel free to inquire if you would like to know more details, and more posts on the matter are to follow. Below is my course description:
Design for Social Entrepreneurship (DeSE)
RISD Fall '08
A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.
This course aims to cultivate social entrepreneurial designers by investigating the power of product, system and service design to create positive social and environmental change. Looking at both international and domestic issues, this course asks, how can design and design thinking be used to solve the world’s leading problems to achieve triple bottom line sustainability—environmentally, socially, and economically? Structured around holistic thinking, collaborative and individual design work, with mentorship from experts in the field, this course uncovers how to design products and/or services, wrap a business around it, and create tangible positive impact in our world today.
- Sami Nerenberg
- A San Francisco native, I am 5/8 educator and 5/8 social entrepreneur. Trained as an industrial designer at the Rhode Island School of Design, I have continued my quest for meaningful work at the intersection of design/social impact/education. This has led me to teaching at Pratt Institute, Brown University's Community Environmental College and at my alma mater, where I founded the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship, as the youngest adjunct faculty. After working for Design that Matters and purchasing the urls, designforamerica.com/org on the night of the 2008 presidential elections, I am now the Director of Operations for Design for America (i.e. dream job). (The views expressed in this blog are solely my own and do not reflect the views of DFA)