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I recently had the pleasure of presenting at the TEDx Art Center Design for Social Impact conference in Pasadena, CA. This student-organized event was one of the best produced and most content-rich one day design events I have been a part of. The speaker roster was packed with some of my favorite design thinkers including Terry Irwin, Allan Chochinov, and Cameron Tonkinwise, as well as a few new favorites whom I had never met before like IDEO.org Fellow Robin Bigio, artist Victor Hugo Zayas, and designer/musician Spencer Nikosey. Congratulations to student co-chairs Erik Molano, Mariana Prieto and the entire student planning committee. Here’s the video of my presentation:

It’s a rare treat when the “mainstream” media turns their attention toward the topic of design, and that happened recently when Minnesota Public Radio invited me to be a guest on the June installment of Bright Ideas: Fresh Thoughts on Big Issues, hosted by reporter Stephen Smith. We taped the hour-long show in front of a live audience at the MPR Forum in St. Paul. The discussion was lively and wide-ranging with a focus on design for social value and other new ways that designers are working. Check out the video of the show posted here.

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