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Design Ignites Change: student program channels the power of design thinking to ignite social change

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 13-03-2009 19:59 | Category: News

Worldstudio, together with the Adobe Foundation’s signature program Adobe Youth Voices, announced Design Ignites Change, a program that encourages talented high school and college students to use the power of design to address social issues in their local communities through substantive public projects. Students are encouraged to develop projects that will stimulate thought, dialogue, action and ultimately change.

To date, Design Ignites Change has engaged 17 colleges and universities who are now hard at work on responses to such pressing global issues as racism, economic inequality and climate change.

A major component of the initiative is a mentoring program through which college and university students, educators and creative professionals, work with underserved high school students to develop projects that will benefit their own communities, while giving them a voice around important social issues. The program will also serve to introduce these high school students to the creative professions as a career option. A guided option for the mentoring program will result in community billboard campaigns around the theme of tolerance.

“The response from the education and business communities has been phenomenal,” said Worldstudio’s Andréa Pellegrino. “They see Design Ignites Change as a breakthrough initiative that will bring visibility to innovative solutions addressing a range of social issues, happening at the college level, as well as a way to instill the importance of giving back to one’s community in the next generation, through the high school mentoring component.”

More information: Design Ignites Change

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