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THE PHYLLIS M. TAYLOR CENTER

for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

THE TAYLOR CENTER cultivates a diverse learning community of Changemakers who use their skills, humility, expertise, gifts, and power to affirm the humanity of all people in the pursuit of a more just, sustainable, and equitable society.

Our programs are grounded in the teaching, research, and practices of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.

Taylor Center News

DT NOW March 2020

On March 20, Dr. Lesely-Ann Noel co-hosted our monthly virtual breakfast with Lisa Cates, the president of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. DT NOW an abbreviation for Design Thinking the New Orleans Way, our monthly design thinking networking breakfast. At…

Taylor’s Response to COVID-19

A message from the Taylor Center's executive director, Kenneth Schwartz Dear Taylor Community, We are following Tulane's COVID-19 policies. For current University policies, visit tulane.edu/emergency. At 5 p.m. on Monday, Tulane's Howard Tilton Memorial Library (along with our office) closed…

Design Your House: Using Design Thinking to explore your identity creatively

“It’s a metaphor!” I declared to the participants of my design thinking workshop. The gears start turning in their heads. I breathlessly watch them sketch out their visions before me, resurrecting houses from an assortment of recycled materials and scribbling…

For Undergraduate Students

Taylor offers many opportunities to undergraduate students interested in changemaking. Programming includes funding, coursework, extra-curricular activities, and employment.

Taylor for Undergraduate Students

For Graduate Students

Taylor offers opportunities to graduate students from any discipline and department to learn changemaking skills to bring to their academic experience and future career.

Taylor for Graduate Students

For Faculty and Staff

Taylor supports faculty and staff members interested in bringing design thinking approaches and social innovation work into their research, scholarship, classrooms, and workplaces.

Taylor for Faculty and Staff

For Gulf South Community Members

Taylor offers opportunities to members of the Gulf Coast community and beyond interested in Design Thinking and Social Innovation knowledge, events, and partnerships.

Taylor for Community Members

Who Are We?

The Taylor Center is building a network of Changemakers who support and learn from each other as they work to create lasting positive social change in their communities.

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Silent Scholars’ Writing Retreat

Taylor Warehouse 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd., Suite 4005, New Orleans

Writing Retreats are moving to a virtual format. We want to support our community of writers in staying connected, staying healthy, and continuing our work of knowledge production and dissemination. Current dates are listed in the Taylor online events calendar,…

Silent Scholars’ Writing Retreat

Taylor Warehouse 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd., Suite 4005, New Orleans

Writing Retreats are moving to a virtual format. We want to support our community of writers in staying connected, staying healthy, and continuing our work of knowledge production and dissemination. Current dates are listed in the Taylor online events calendar,…

Taylor Student Showcase

Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking 7001 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70118, New Orleans

This event is being postponed and details will be forthcoming. Contact Julia Lang at jlang@tulane.edu for current information. The Taylor Student Showcase is a dynamic event to celebrate the CI Social Venture Accelerator graduates and Taylor award winners for 2019-2020. During the event, we will have…

Free

April Design Thinking Breakfast

Taylor Warehouse 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd., Suite 4005, New Orleans

The Taylor Center's monthly breakfast, “Design Thinking the New Orleans Way,” is a place to meet others who not only are using and teaching design thinking, human-centered design, design research, and otherly-named design approaches to creating societal impact, but who…

Silent Scholars’ Writing Retreat

Taylor Warehouse 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd., Suite 4005, New Orleans

Writing Retreats are moving to a virtual format. We want to support our community of writers in staying connected, staying healthy, and continuing our work of knowledge production and dissemination. Current dates are listed in the Taylor online events calendar,…

Silent Scholars’ Writing Retreat

Taylor Warehouse 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd., Suite 4005, New Orleans

Writing Retreats are moving to a virtual format. We want to support our community of writers in staying connected, staying healthy, and continuing our work of knowledge production and dissemination. Current dates are listed in the Taylor online events calendar,…

May Design Thinking Breakfast

Taylor Warehouse - 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd Ste 4005, New Orleans, LA 70130, New Orleans

The Taylor Center's monthly breakfast, “Design Thinking the New Orleans Way,” is a place to meet others who not only are using and teaching design thinking, human-centered design, design research, and otherly-named design approaches to creating societal impact, but who…

PIVOT Conference 2020

Taylor Design Thinking Space 7001 Freret St - Howard Tilton Memorial Library (4th Floor), New Orleans

PIVOT 2020 will transition to a one-day virtual event, to build community among researchers. We are creating a schedule for the day and updating the call for participation. The coordinating team is excited to envision what a virtual gathering can…

PIVOT Conference 2020

Taylor Design Thinking Space 7001 Freret St - Howard Tilton Memorial Library (4th Floor), New Orleans

PIVOT 2020 will transition to a one-day virtual event, to build community among researchers. We are creating a schedule for the day and updating the call for participation. The coordinating team is excited to envision what a virtual gathering can…

PIVOT Conference 2020

Taylor Design Thinking Space 7001 Freret St - Howard Tilton Memorial Library (4th Floor), New Orleans

PIVOT 2020 will transition to a one-day virtual event, to build community among researchers. We are creating a schedule for the day and updating the call for participation. The coordinating team is excited to envision what a virtual gathering can…

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