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Currently the Associate Director for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, I am a San Francisco native and passionate about the intersection of design education and local/social impact. My studio, students' projects, and DFA have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have been fortunate enough to have spoken and given workshops at TEDx, the NE IDSA Conference, Better Word by Design Conferences, Fulbright Seminar, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design where I received RISD’s Community Service Award and the Rachel Carson Award upon graduation. I am currently working on a masters in learning and organizational change at Northwestern University. At the start, I founded and taught the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship at RISD, Design Futures at Pratt and worked with nonprofits such as Design that Matters and GreenBlue.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

May I Never do the Same Thing Twice

May I approach each passing year with new fervor. 
May I listen to my soul and for what it aches. 
May I plant my roots and grow them deeply, while my branches and leaves develop. 

Only the things of death lay static. Our very atoms are in constant motion. Why should I then ever be in a situation of doing the same thing twice? At least may I do the same act differently or with a different state of mind. 

Our education does not end in a degree, but rather may each year be an opportunity to learn something new. And so I ask myself, what is it that I want to learn about myself, the world, and the work I devote myself to? Although the new year passed several months ago, and the coming of spring is behind us, the busy bodies of learning minds approach their home stretch and so I take a moment to ponder.