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The Zebras Are Coming to Design Innovation and Leadership!

Aniyia Williamsand Astrid Scholz– two visionary entrepreneurs and leaders/co-founders of The Zebra Movement– will join us online for a conversation the will finalize the course on Design Innovation and Leadership. This is an important movement and a great learning opportunity for the students and I want to make sure we spread the word about it as much as possible.

WHEN: Thurs May 10 (12pm EST)
WHERE: Online – NewSchool.zoom.us/j/497117409

 

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Aniyia Williams – creator, inventor and tech changemaker. She started a fashion hardware company, Tinsel, in 2014, in response to the lack of tech products developed with women in mind. After coming up with the idea of an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry, she left her role in marketing at the tech company Voxer to pursue it fully. Aniyia Williams has background in the arts and tech, as well as a decade of training as singer of classical music and opera. She has held roles in marketing, community management, business development and non-profit fundraising. Alongside building Tinsel, Aniyia is a co-founder of Zebras Unite and serves as Executive Director of Black & Brown Founders, which provides vital resources to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs building tech companies with limited capital.

 

Dr. Astrid J. Scholz – CEO of Sphaera, a for-purpose, for-profit tech company dedicated to accelerating the pace of change. By making it easy and rewarding to share, innovate, aggregate, measure, and finance solutions across what is currently a highly fragmented social innovation landscape, Sphaera and its partners are building a global infrastructure for mobilizing innovations and capital at the scale required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Astrid was previously President of Ecotrust, where Sphaera was incubated in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, the Island Institute and other likeminded organizations. She has served on several advisory bodies for public-private partnerships for conservation and social outcomes, including the State of California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Astrid is a founding board member of the XXcelerate Fund, a revolving loan fund created for and by women entrepreneurs that is piloting in her home state of Oregon, USA. She serves on the boards of Habitat Media, Living Oceans Society and COBI (Communidad Y Biodiversidad), and is a speaker on social innovation, the business of philanthropy, and the role of technology for world-positive change. She is a co-author of the Zebra Manifesto, a call to action for companies that build ambitious technology for systemic change, and co-convener of the first gathering of zebra companies in the fall of 2017. Astrid holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews, the University of Bristol, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Guest Speaker This Week!

April 23, 2018 • Featured, People, Presentations, Student Insights, Student Projects • Views: 75

Join us this Thursday, April 26 @ 11am EST for guest speaker, Terry Behan! Terry is a 2nd year Ms SDM student doing interesting design + entrepreneurial work in many emerging markets. We’ll talk with Terry on some of the main questions and issues we explore in the course Design Innovation

Congratulations to FUSE Winner Erin Tilley!

April 13, 2018 • Events, Featured, Presentations, Student Projects • Views: 85

From left: Regina Law, Erin Tilley, Rhea Alexander, Rose Pember The SDS community would like to extend a BIG congratulations to Erin Tilley, who won the audience vote at FUSE NYC 2018 along with $1,000 ($500 from FUSE and $500 from the SDM program). 2nd year SDM students Rose Pember, Regina

IDEO Synthesis Workshop

March 7, 2018 • Featured, Presentations • Views: 223

IDEO Synthesis Workshop This past week, IDEO came to Parsons to run a workshop for the first year Ms SDM students’ Integrative Studio I class. The two workshop facilitators – Nili Metuki and Lauren Shapiro – introduced the class to IDEO’s design thinking process. Students

This Thursday: The Ins and Outs of Internships

November 27, 2017 • Events, Presentations • Views: 210

Join us this Thursday for a conversation all about internships! Students and alumni will share stories of how they landed their internships and what they learned. An internship coordinator will answer logistical questions. Everyone is welcome! Thursday, November 30 Snacks: 6:30 – 7:00

Guest Speakers for Sustainable Business Models!

October 25, 2017 • Featured, Lectures, Presentations • Views: 248

Guest speakers in Raz Godelnik’s Sustainable Business Models class: Mike Noel, Senior Strategist at Futerra Mike is famous for his breadth of corporate sustainability strategy knowledge and ability to provide strategic focus for clients like Mondelez International, Aldi and Fairtrade

NYC Civic Service Design: Studio + Toolkit Launch

October 3, 2017 • Conferences, Events, Presentations • Views: 456

Please join the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, Citi Community Development and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for the launch of the nation’s first-ever Service Design Studio. This toolkit is dedicated to making public services for low-income New Yorkers as effective

Parsons Festival 2017: MS-SDM Symposium, Students Studio 2 Projects

May 2, 2017 • Events, Featured Events, News, Presentations, Student Events, Upcoming Events • Views: 721

Parsons’ MS Strategic Design and Management graduating students present capstone projects from their Studio 2 courses on May 12 at Starr Foundation Hall in the University Centre. The presentations will be 10 minute long and will be featuring projects ranging from business, sustainability