Cheryl Heller, chair of the newly formed MFA Design for Social Innovation Department, is featured in a recent Huffington Post article that discusses the progressive evolution of design thinking. The pioneering program, which begins in September 2012, is identified in the article as evidence of a burgeoning demand to incorporate “positive social (and environmental) outcomes to the design process.”
“[The program] was developed by Cheryl Heller, who helped Seventh Generation [a company that pioneered the concept of product design as a proponent of social innovation] with some of its toughest design challenges and convinced me that this new discipline at SVA was one I should lend a hand to as an advisor,” writer and Seventh Generation Co-founder Jeffrey Hollender said.
He adds that design for social innovation can act as a counterforce to disheartening recent “news about Europe’s impending disintegration, poverty statistics in America…and worse than expected contamination from the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan.”
Heller is also featured in GOOD‘s business blog as the second social enterprise leader to be interviewed for a new video series, One Minute Until Impact.