Ten current MFA Design for Social Innovation students joined forces with the United Nations Foundation (UNF) at the recent 2014 Social Good Summit, a conference that explores the impact of technology and new media on socially responsible innovation. Held during UN Week, the summit brings together world leaders, activists, UN experts, as well as media and technology innovators to discuss some of the world’s biggest challenges. Participants from SVA included Lauren Gardner, Emily Herrick, Kara Isabella, Laura Kadamus, Michelle Kwon, Meghan Lazier, Xingtong Liu, Rhea Rakshit, Liora Yuklea and Alex Wu.
The Director of Design for the United Nations Foundation, Daniel Laender, chose participants after visiting SVA and getting to know the department’s students and their work. A team of five students attended each day of the conference, serving as design fellows for the UNF. Their work included short video clips, graphic recordings of panels and panelists, real-time photos on Instagram, as well as infographics and share graphics (a means of making an important quote more eye catching and compelling).
The 2014 theme for the Social Good Summit was, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” SVA design fellows brought to life such quotes, tweets and slogans as: “Take the time to make a human connection”; “We need to make sure everyone, around the world, know that a girl has the same value as a boy”; and “The opposite of poverty is not wealth. It’s justice.”