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February/March 2017

MASD at Globe Press 

The MA in Social Design (MASD) 2017 team spent two fun-filled days at the Globe Press with the amazing Allison Fisher, Manager of the Globe Collection and Press at MICA, who mentored them through the process to each design, typeset and print a letterpress poster articulating their thesis "How Might We" statements.

The students' Globe posters will help to promote the 
Social Design Exchange on Monday, April 24th (see details below in Upcoming Events), where each student will share, in a brief video and TED-style presentation, the social problem they selected to explore for their thesis and the human-centered design process and intervention they undertook to understand and address it. 
MASD studio visits in NYC and DC

MASD'17 had two inspiring days of studio visits in New York City (February 27) and Washington, DC (March 6) to observe social design in practice. Thanks to our friends in New York at Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Dalberg - Design Impact Group (DIG),, and UNICEF Office of Innovation; and in DC at Context Partners and the Insight + Design Team, Veterans Experience Office in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The team observed a variety of institutions and human-centered design approaches in different contexts, local and global, public and private sector, and addressing a myriad of social issues and problems. 
International Women's Day at MICA

Social Design Fellow Kayla Ingram (MASD'16) hosted the inaugural International Women's Day Celebration on March 8th to celebrate women, men and non-binary leaders who are taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity in Baltimore and around the globe. MICA President Sammy Hoi welcomed the 100 participants from as far away as Munich and London, and representing government, academia, corporations, community and diplomacy.

The program included dance, poetry and a call to action video depicting the launch of the Global Gender Economic Forum, the event's host organization co-founded by Kayla in London in October 2016. An awards ceremony recognized the work of Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo (Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Secretariat), Leslie King Hammond (MICA's Dean Emerita), Janet Salazar (Permanent Representative, Foundation for the Support of the United Nations), Christopher Weber-F
ürst (Author, The Future is Female), Dia Simms (President, Sean "Diddy" Combs Wine & Spirits), and Sonia Suber (VP Technology, Sodexo Inc.).     
Here 4 Reentry (H4R) makes waves

Social Design Fellow Carly Wais (MASD'16) and her partners with Here 4 Reentry (H4R) were featured in a Baltimore Sun article regarding the launch of the Baltimore City Health Department TECHealth, a program to engage Baltimore's thriving technology and design community to solve pressing public health challenges.

Carly and her collaborator Kelly King were also featured in "Accelerate This: Helping Citizens Successfully Re-enter Their Communities After Prison" about H4R and the Baltimore City Accelerator efforts to provide supportive services for citizens returning home from prison. Carly also presented about H4R on February 28th at the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute's First Annual Baltimore Researchers Colloquium 2017, a city-wide event bringing together students and faculty from Baltimore colleges and universities to highlight innovative research. 
Design Thinking for Assessment

Social Design Associate Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) joined Stacey Salazar (Program Director of MICA's MA in Art Education) and Meghann Harris (Baltimore Design School) to facilitate a workshop on "Methods for Design Thinking and the Challenges of Assessment" at the annual National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference on March 3rd in New York City. The session engaged participants in a hands-on, interactive design thinking process, including research strategies, brainstorming methods, and prototyping, to generate surprising and innovative assessment strategies.
MASD Faculty Thomas Gardner was invited to lecture and conduct a day-long workshop on inflatable architecture for MICA Faculty Christina Day's Soft Sculpture class. The day began with an overview of Thomas's studio practice, followed by a critical review of the history of inflatables in architecture. For the workshop, students teamed up to test various fabrication techniques to produce an inflatable structure "bigger than themselves." The student pairs then worked to join all constructions together as one assembly, installed at the Middendorf Gallery at MICA's Mount Royal Station.    
Devika at Lakeland Elementary
Project Spotlight: MASD Independent Studies

Design for Change: Devika Menon
Devika Menon (MASD'17) is conducting a spring Independent Study with support from Center Associate and Faculty Lead Becky Slogeris. The intention is to build upon learning from Becky's My Baltimore Book project to put Baltimore-centered curriculum in every city classroom by using design methods from Design for Change (DFC), a global movement that empowers young people with the design thinking process in order to drive positive social change in their community. Drawing inspiration from DFC, supplemented with exercises from My Baltimore Book, Devika is working in partnership with third and fourth grade students and teachers at Lakeland Elementary in Baltimore to guide students through a design process to address issues in their own community. The series of sessions is designed for the students to build empathy, work collaboratively, build and test out their ideas. At the end of the semester, a short video of the students' and teachers' efforts and outcomes will be submitted to DFC's Global Design Challenge

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge: Naeeme Mohammadi, Rachel Serra and Mimi Yang
MASD'17 students Naeeme Mohammadi, Rachel Serra and Mimi Yang are progressing in their spring Independent Study with Center Co-Director Lee Davis, manifesting in a submission to the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge on April 30th. Over the past month, the team has been immersed in research to understand the priority impacts of climate change through conversations with climate experts and activists across Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay area, including: the Abell Foundation, Baltimore City Health Department Community Asthma Program, Baltimore Office of Sustainability, Biohabitats, Blue Water Baltimore, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Doo Consulting, Living Design Lab, Maryland Environmental Health Network, National Wildlife Federation, and others. Upon defining their specific problem definition, the team will host a gathering of biologists to help identify inspiration from nature to address their articulated climate challenge. 

Mamas of Zanzibar
News & Updates
  • Smile Indias and Molly Ready (MASD'17) are collaborating on organizing City Civics 101, a series of free and public "Lunch & Learn" events with City Council members for citizens to learn about how city government and processes function, hosted by the Community Design Lab at the Baltimore Impact Hub. Past and upcoming events include: Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (March 8); Councilman Kristerfer Burnett (March 15); Councilman Zeke Cohen (March 22); Councilman Eric Costello (March 29); and Councilman John Bullock (April 5).
  • Smile Indias and Patricia Natalie (MASD'17), both Social Design Fellows with the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), joined the Clinical Trials Research Team of Johns Hopkins and MIT Collaborative Initiatives to conduct an interactive presentation of their current recommendations to the National Academy of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation in Washington, DC, on March 9th. 
  • Irina Wong (MASD'17) was awarded a MICA Graduate Research Development Grant to support her thesis work on innovating the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR), examining the broad impacts of corporate behavior and the responsibility that corporations take for the social consequences of their actions and decisions. 
  • Cary Euwer (MASD'15), co-Founder of Bramble Lab, is collaborating with MASD visiting faculty Cecili Thompson Williams of We Divine Water on branding, design assets and infographics for WaterAid America's 2017 national women & WASH campaign.
  • Silvia Mata Marin (MASD'15), now a PhD candidate in design at Carnegie Mellon's School of Design, presented mid-term results from her doctoral research focused on Acculturation by Design: How Sociotechnical Systems Mediate the Relationship Between Cultures on March 11th.
  • Emily Pinna (MASD'14) completed a powerful series of portraits and stories entitled "The Mamas of Zanzibar," focused on 10 entrepreneurial women in the Seaweed Center cooperative in Paje, on Zanzibar's east coast region.
  • Cinnamon Janzer (MASD'13), now a Contributing Editor with the Impact Design Hub, discusses the techno-centric and human-centric divide in her recent article "Ethics, Power, and Innovation: Development Engineering and the Market Economy." 
  • Elise Roy (MASD'12) and Esther Kang (MASD'16) are collaborating on a project for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and Australian Aid, involving facilitating a workshop for an all deaf steering committee to develop a problem statement and guidelines for a prize competition to fund tech-related projects targeting illiteracy among the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing in developing countries.
  • Ben Peterson (MASD'12) is now a User Experience Designer & Researcher at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Boston.
NDC Streetscape Workshop 
MASD Internships 

Three MASD'17 graduate students - Matt Barr, Irina Wong, and Naeeme Mohammadi - are enrolled in credit-bearing internships with outside partners for the Spring 2017 semester. Administered through MICA's Joseph Meyerhof Center for Career Development, internships provide an opportunity for students to gain professional experiences within industries of interest before leaving MICA:

Matt Barr: Humanim
As a Designer-in-Residence, Matt is working with the Social Enterprise Division of Humanim, a pioneering organization dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals who face social or economic challenges by building pathways to economic equity, opportunity, and independence. Working alongside Humanim's leadership, Matt's primary role is co-designing a development plan that will encourage strategic divisional growth. Over the course of the semester, Matt has interviewed 18 of Humanim's employees, developed insights into the division's strengths and opportunities. After distilling these insights into a document that was reviewed by all of the team members, Matt facilitated a two-day workshop (March 15-16) to help the team design a social enterprise development plan on the identified insights.

Naeeme Mohammadi: Neighborhood Design Center
Naeeme is collaborating as a Designer-in-Residence with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC), one of the nation's first community design driven organizations, dedicated to supporting neighborhoods pursuing improved quality of life within their built environments by providing pro bono design services. Naeeme is coordinating with community partners to create desired updates to the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan and facilitate stakeholder contributions to those updates. She is also involved in facilitating NDC's response to current media requests and developing recommendations for NDC on how they can more effectively tell their story.

Irina Wong: Gensler
Irina is engaged as a Community Impact Research Assistant in Spring 2017 with the Baltimore team of Gensler, the world's largest and one of the leading collaborative design firms. Irina is focusing on researching and analyzing the impact of Gensler's current community-focused practices of pro bono design, volunteerism and philanthropy. Irina is also collaborating with the firmwide leadership to strategize for future initiatives in corporate social responsibility.
Upcoming Events

Creative Changemakers: Social Design from Baltimore
Tuesday, April 4, 5:00-6:00pm
Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME)
Budapest, Hungary
Center for Social Design Directors, Mike Weikert and Lee Davis, will present an overview and cases of work of the Center at a public master class at MOME in Budapest, Hungary.

MOME EcoLab: Social Design Symposium
Thursday, April 6, 6:00-7:30pm
Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME)
Budapest, Hungary
Center for Social Design Directors, Mike Weikert and Lee Davis, will participate in a MOME EcoLab Social Design Symposium in Budapest to celebrate the launch of the "CloudFactory Social Design ABC Book," documenting the process and lessons of the EcoLab's multi-year CloudFactory Project with Roma youth in rural Hungary.

Movement Making Workshop
Thursday, April 13, 6:00-7:30pm
Baltimore Impact Hub
10 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
In collaboration with Baltimore Impact Hub, the Center for Social Design is hosting a Movement Making Workshop offered by Context Partners. The workshop will explore key elements of movements versus short-term campaigns, the six distinct roles within movements required for success, and the rewards that motivate and sustain engagement. Attendees will learn how to apply methods to their own organization's movement strategy.

Impact+Innovation Forum 
Tuesday, April 25, 5:30pm
Johns Hopkins Hospital - Chevy Chase Bank Conference Center
1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD 21287
The Center for Social Design is a Community Partner for the Impact+Innovation Forum, hosted by the Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at Johns Hopkins, featuring Baltimore-based social innovators tackling pressing social issues in Baltimore. Matt Barr and Devika Menon (MASD'17) are currently Social Design Fellows with SIL.

Social Design Exchange
Monday, April 24, 6-8pm
The BBOX, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
1601 W. Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD
Join us for the Social Design Exchange, an interactive evening with the MA in Social Design (MASD) Class of 2017 as they share their thesis projects and processes.

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