Design.Action.Social Innovation. Panel members: Heather Boesch, Business Operations Lead; IDEO, Brandy Brooks, Director of Community Programs; The Food Project, Dr Elizabeth Hermann, Professor of Landscape Architecture; Rhode Island School of Design, Cathy Neal, Director; Insite3, Alex White-Mazzarella, Founding Director; Artefacting

The creative process can propel designers in many directions, including being a catalyst for social change. As creative problem solvers, we have the ability and the responsibility to move beyond the precept that design results in a built solution towards that of designer as social innovator. This workshop will bring together professionals who apply design thinking in ways that challenge the status quo. Considering a variety of experiences and attitudes, we will examine this idea of designer as social innovator. Through the panelists stories, lessons and strategies this workshop seeks to inspire engaged creative design for social action and innovation.