Social Innovation: Now More Than Ever

The role of design and designers in society and the marketplace is changing. So editors Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea recently co-edited LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Social Innovation (Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design), which addresses this transition through conversations, case studies, examples and more—becoming a veritable handbook for social impact design stories through a global lens.

Doing work that has impact (often called “social impact design” or “social innovation”) can be a challenge. Why and how do people choose this field? Or, does it choose them? How can designers pursue new career pathways in social impact design? What is needed to support the new practices in organizations? And why now?

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LEAP Dialogues captures “diverse, dynamic leading voices with the explicit focus of discussing career paths for designers at a critical emergent moment: when the recognition of and demand for social innovation design is growing, but the challenges and opportunities concerning designers’ work in the field are not fully articulated. This is brought to life in the book’s original graphic identity and dialectic structure, developed by renowned designers Lupi Asensio and Martin Lorenz of TwoPoints.Net.”

 

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