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I co-scope challenges with project sponsors, engage stakeholders to understand all points of view, highlight insights to reframe perspectives, generate alternative solutions and find moments to test ideas, iterate, build in feedback loops and develop plans of action to execute on ideas. Currently I am an experience designer for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, I was the Associate Director of Design for America where under my leadership the program grew from 40 college students at one university to 1,000 students at 29 universities throughout the US where interdisciplinary teams used creative problem solving for local and social good. My past work and students have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have given talks at conferences such as TEDx, IDSA, IxDA, Better Word by Design, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my masters in Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and have taught design and engineering at both universities.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sami @ Design for America

Update on Sami:

I've packed my bags and for the next 7 weeks, I will excitedly be helping to run this year's Design for America Fellows Program at Northwestern! Check us out here.

I'll be working as the Studio Lead and resident "Design Therapist" so to speak, helping to bring greater clarity to students' ideas, while also working to develop a systemetized documentation approach to build our DfA brand.

So, my blog posts might be slowed, but stay tuned for updates!

With my apartment being a 10 minute bike ride to the lakeside beach, I might just like it here...