This past year I've worked with Neerja Mehta, Director of Community-based Research at CURA and Sandy Wolfe Wood, Director of AIGA MN's Design for Good initiative to propose a class partnership between their respective organizations and the College of Design. Picture this: Neeraj comes in close contact with community organizations in need of design skills, often centered around public policy issues, and Sandy works to make Design for Good a sustainable practice model for practicing and soon-to-be-practicing designers. This interdisciplinary class fosters connections between designers, public policy graduate students, and community clients, engaging them in a design-process in order to research, prototype, and test their solutions with actual "users" in the community. Sound great? I think so too. Let's see if Design Ignites Change agrees!
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