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Best Day So Far


Best Day So Far is a non-profit organization that addresses senior isolation through a community storytelling group with seniors and teens. They mix physical and digital platforms to deliver stories of unmatched inspirational and historical value to all ages.

We are building a how-to guide for senior centers interested in starting their own storytelling group. Specifically, I am strategizing how to visually communicate the original group's powerful story through infographics and data visualizations.

In addition, we helped with the re-design of their website, which just went live in the past week.

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Best Day So Far


Best Day So Far is a non-profit organization that addresses senior isolation through a community storytelling group with seniors and teens. They mix physical and digital platforms to deliver stories of unmatched inspirational and historical value to all ages.

We are building a how-to guide for senior centers interested in starting their own storytelling group. Specifically, I am strategizing how to visually communicate the original group's powerful story through infographics and data visualizations.

In addition, we helped with the re-design of their website, which just went live in the past week.

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BrittCarr Interactive Learning


Britt Carr Interactive Learning (BCIL) is an edtech company based in California. BCIL creates ways for people to do and learn using interactive, online and mobile communications. We help organizations and institutions integrate technology in educating, training, presenting, simulations, among many other areas. With over 15 years of educational technology experience in both K12 and higher education, BCIL is devoted to infusing technology, expertise of the teacher/facilitator, and interaction into the learning process.

Our latest collaboration is SmashFacta new online tool allows teachers to easily create educational apps their students can use on any device. All without writing a line of programming code. The content of the game-like app is created by the teacher, making it a truly customized learning experience for their students.

BrittCarr Interactive Learning


Britt Carr Interactive Learning (BCIL) is an edtech company based in California. BCIL creates ways for people to do and learn using interactive, online and mobile communications. We help organizations and institutions integrate technology in educating, training, presenting, simulations, among many other areas. With over 15 years of educational technology experience in both K12 and higher education, BCIL is devoted to infusing technology, expertise of the teacher/facilitator, and interaction into the learning process.

Our latest collaboration is SmashFacta new online tool allows teachers to easily create educational apps their students can use on any device. All without writing a line of programming code. The content of the game-like app is created by the teacher, making it a truly customized learning experience for their students.

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FastFWD


FastFWD is a brand new urban innovation accelerator program in Philadelphia, PA. It is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia's New Office of Urban Mechanics, Wharton's Social Impact Initiative, GoodCompany Group, and the University of the Arts Design for Social Impact program.

The Design for Social Impact team is employing design thinking strategies to help the social entrepreneurs bring their innovations to market and maximize their impact. The human-centered methods focus on creating powerful co-design experiences with key stakeholders. Our team believes this type of collaboration unveils meaningful insights that ultimately contribute to the success of a start-up's commercialization strategy.

Specifically, my role involves building the design curriculum and managing the design support throughout the 10-week program. 

 

For project updates, check out our blog.

FastFWD


FastFWD is a brand new urban innovation accelerator program in Philadelphia, PA. It is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia's New Office of Urban Mechanics, Wharton's Social Impact Initiative, GoodCompany Group, and the University of the Arts Design for Social Impact program.

The Design for Social Impact team is employing design thinking strategies to help the social entrepreneurs bring their innovations to market and maximize their impact. The human-centered methods focus on creating powerful co-design experiences with key stakeholders. Our team believes this type of collaboration unveils meaningful insights that ultimately contribute to the success of a start-up's commercialization strategy.

Specifically, my role involves building the design curriculum and managing the design support throughout the 10-week program. 

 

For project updates, check out our blog.

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FIELDTRIP


FIELDTRIP is a new model for an executive education experience that exposes the value of design in for-profit social impact work. The program provides employment opportunities for design professionals seeking positions with for-profit social ventures.

FIELDTRIP


FIELDTRIP is a new model for an executive education experience that exposes the value of design in for-profit social impact work. The program provides employment opportunities for design professionals seeking positions with for-profit social ventures.

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Philadelphia Public Schools


Our collaboration with Philadelphia Public Schools began in 2013 with Kelly's thesis work. Currently, we are building on the partnership formed during her work, and expanding the integration of social design with a new school model for grades 9–12.

Below is a brief description of her thesis work, and more information can be found here.

Truss is a model for partnership between university design students and public high school teachers to use design thinking and design process as a framework for teaching 21st Century skills (what we will refer to as design-based learning).

The question we asked ourselves when beginning this thesis was how can we, as designers, support forward thinking teachers who want to engage in an alternative way of teaching. Can classroom instruction be improved without extensive re-education and re-tooling of teachers? Our goal was to employ design in lesson-plan building for teachers interested in 21st Century skill development. We did this through collaborating with a teacher to use design methods and skills in planning lessons. In order to examine the relationships and effectiveness of the roles, we had to implement a design-based learning project with the class. The result of this collaboration, design-based learning project and research is an informed model for the development of a partnership between design students at a university level and public school teachers.

Philadelphia Public Schools


Our collaboration with Philadelphia Public Schools began in 2013 with Kelly's thesis work. Currently, we are building on the partnership formed during her work, and expanding the integration of social design with a new school model for grades 9–12.

Below is a brief description of her thesis work, and more information can be found here.

Truss is a model for partnership between university design students and public high school teachers to use design thinking and design process as a framework for teaching 21st Century skills (what we will refer to as design-based learning).

The question we asked ourselves when beginning this thesis was how can we, as designers, support forward thinking teachers who want to engage in an alternative way of teaching. Can classroom instruction be improved without extensive re-education and re-tooling of teachers? Our goal was to employ design in lesson-plan building for teachers interested in 21st Century skill development. We did this through collaborating with a teacher to use design methods and skills in planning lessons. In order to examine the relationships and effectiveness of the roles, we had to implement a design-based learning project with the class. The result of this collaboration, design-based learning project and research is an informed model for the development of a partnership between design students at a university level and public school teachers.

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Sustainable19125


Sustainable19125 is a broad and innovative partnership among community residents, businesses, and numerous government, nonprofit, and for profit partners to green the Fishtown, Olde Richmond, and East Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Its goal is to make 19125 the most sustainable zip code in the city. This program is led by NKCDC with the support of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society

Our collaboration was specifically with the Big Green Block (BGB) initiative. BGB involves multiple phases of green infrastructure improvements. We facilitated a public conversation to gather community members' input for what type of infrastructure should be added to a specific green space. We used participatory design methods and tools to support the diverse teams of stakeholders as they built a shared vision for the space. 

Sustainable19125


Sustainable19125 is a broad and innovative partnership among community residents, businesses, and numerous government, nonprofit, and for profit partners to green the Fishtown, Olde Richmond, and East Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Its goal is to make 19125 the most sustainable zip code in the city. This program is led by NKCDC with the support of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society

Our collaboration was specifically with the Big Green Block (BGB) initiative. BGB involves multiple phases of green infrastructure improvements. We facilitated a public conversation to gather community members' input for what type of infrastructure should be added to a specific green space. We used participatory design methods and tools to support the diverse teams of stakeholders as they built a shared vision for the space. 

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The Denver Foundation


The Denver Foundation is Colorado's oldest and largest community foundation. Community foundations are charitable organizations created through gifts from people who care about a particular geographic area. A community foundation then uses that income to make grants that strengthen their community. 

Our three-month collaboration with Gloworm Insights and The Denver Foundation focused on re-thinking their grant-making process to reflect recent changes in the organization's strategic plan. In weekly leadership team meetings we applied elements of design thinking to introduce new methods and tools for re-designing their process. Some of the design experiences we created included: mapping the current process, brainstorming about what the future could be, using analogous research as inspiration for brainstorming, building personas of stakeholders, paper prototyping, and enactment/role playing of future scenarios.

The Denver Foundation


The Denver Foundation is Colorado's oldest and largest community foundation. Community foundations are charitable organizations created through gifts from people who care about a particular geographic area. A community foundation then uses that income to make grants that strengthen their community. 

Our three-month collaboration with Gloworm Insights and The Denver Foundation focused on re-thinking their grant-making process to reflect recent changes in the organization's strategic plan. In weekly leadership team meetings we applied elements of design thinking to introduce new methods and tools for re-designing their process. Some of the design experiences we created included: mapping the current process, brainstorming about what the future could be, using analogous research as inspiration for brainstorming, building personas of stakeholders, paper prototyping, and enactment/role playing of future scenarios.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia


As digital media threatens the relevancy of libraries and their printed collections, they must begin to re-imagine the use of their brick and mortar spaces. The Free Library of Philadelphia is no exception, and was interested in involving community members in to the planning process. 

We collaborated with The Free Library to construct an evening event where citizens of Philadelphia, including the Library’s own employees, could brainstorm and model various spatial, experiential and service elements to fill the new space.

The event included two main phases. The first phase involved attendees voting for black and white photographs that exhibited both practical and abstract concepts that related to the themes of spatial, experiential and service. These images were then used as inspiration in the second phase where attendees were split into three groups focusing on spatial, experiential and service ideas. Each group used design tools to ideate and model potential solutions for the new space.

The Free Library of Philadelphia


As digital media threatens the relevancy of libraries and their printed collections, they must begin to re-imagine the use of their brick and mortar spaces. The Free Library of Philadelphia is no exception, and was interested in involving community members in to the planning process. 

We collaborated with The Free Library to construct an evening event where citizens of Philadelphia, including the Library’s own employees, could brainstorm and model various spatial, experiential and service elements to fill the new space.

The event included two main phases. The first phase involved attendees voting for black and white photographs that exhibited both practical and abstract concepts that related to the themes of spatial, experiential and service. These images were then used as inspiration in the second phase where attendees were split into three groups focusing on spatial, experiential and service ideas. Each group used design tools to ideate and model potential solutions for the new space.

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YouthBuild Charter School


YouthBuild Charter School in Philadelphia is a unique, one-year program that provides high school dropouts with a chance to earn their diplomas while learning vital job skills and providing valuable community services.

We collaborated with YouthBuild Philly to understand reasons for their chronic low student attendance. We gathered qualitative research through observations and contextual interviews with students and staff. We synthesized our findings and extracted key insights and areas of opportunity for intervention. After ideation, we rapidly prototyped a mobile app concept that leveraged successful in-school practices to meet the needs of students outside of school. 

YouthBuild Charter School


YouthBuild Charter School in Philadelphia is a unique, one-year program that provides high school dropouts with a chance to earn their diplomas while learning vital job skills and providing valuable community services.

We collaborated with YouthBuild Philly to understand reasons for their chronic low student attendance. We gathered qualitative research through observations and contextual interviews with students and staff. We synthesized our findings and extracted key insights and areas of opportunity for intervention. After ideation, we rapidly prototyped a mobile app concept that leveraged successful in-school practices to meet the needs of students outside of school.