Design Social Change

Design Social Change

Take Action, Work toward Equity, and Challenge the Status Quo

About the Book

Discover design strategies for using your own unique social identities and experiences as inspiration to challenge the status quo and create the kind of lasting change that leads to greater equity and social justice, from Stanford University's

Who are you? What motivates you as a changemaker? What forces are preventing you (and others) from thriving? These questions are essential to the work of creating social change, and they are exactly what Design Social Change asks you to explore.

Designer and design educator Lesley-Ann Noel shares the essential design strategies for making a lasting impact. This work starts with knowing yourself and builds outward into making change in your community and the larger world. Design Social Change gives you tools to tailor your approach to design, taking into account your history, personality, ethics, and goals for a better future.

The strategies for change are based on equity and fairness, understanding your own role in these systems of both justice and inequity. These strategies demonstrate how to use anger, joy, and empathy as inspiration for understanding what people need to thrive. Using the tools of design, these new approaches will help you craft projects that are relevant to you and create more just, equitable futures. The time is always right to work toward a fair and just society.
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Stanford Library Series

Experiments in Reflection
Make Possibilities Happen
Design Social Change
This Is a Prototype
You Need a Manifesto
Creative Hustle
Navigating Ambiguity
Drawing on Courage
The Secret Language of Maps
Design for Belonging
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About the Author

Lesley-Ann Noel
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About the Author

The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, known as the, was founded at Stanford in 2005. Each year, more than a thousand students from all disciplines attend classes, workshops, and programs to learn how the thinking behind design can enrich their own work and unlock their creative potential. More by Stanford
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