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The Phyllis M. Taylor Center

for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

The Taylor Center cultivates a diverse network of changemakers who are working and learning together to create a more just and equitable society.

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

Taylor Center News

Tulane University Life Design Education Reaching Over 10,000 Students Globally

300 educators have accessed our Life Design materials to use in their school, campus, or classroom, reaching over 10,000 learners worldwide. The open access Taylor Your Life Educator materials were created to support changemaking career development with human-centered design methods…

Changemaker Institute Application for Spring 2022 Now Open!

Applications are now open for the Changemaker Institute, a social venture accelerator for graduate students in the spring semester that deepens students’ understanding of social issues, connects them to local mentors and experts, and equips them with entrepreneurial tools to…

Graduate Students: How can we help you Design Your Life? Fill out a brief interest form!

Please fill out this brief interest form to help us build our next iteration of TYL4Grads.  Background Based on the popular undergraduate course, Taylor Your Life, TYL4Grads was designed to provide graduate and professional students more clarity and direction of their career paths and…

For Undergraduate Students

Taylor offers many opportunities to undergraduate students interested in changemaking, including funding, coursework, programming, and employment.

Taylor for Undergraduate Students

For Graduate Students

Taylor provides graduate students from any discipline and department funding and programming 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 social innovation and design thinking into their research, scholarship, classrooms, and workplaces.

Taylor for Faculty and Staff

For Community Members

Taylor offers opportunities to members of the Gulf Coast community and beyond interested in social innovation and design thinking training, events, and partnerships.

Taylor for Community Members

Latest Past Events

Design Thinking Gumbo: Navigating Thinking Differently with Sunshine Best

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-thinking-gumbo-navigating-thinking-differently-with-sunshine-best-tickets-219370100877 The workshop will touch on principles from BlackSpace Manifesto and its application to traditional institutions. The audience will learn tools to use when navigating how to think differently in the context of post-colonial systems and taking action to…

November Design Thinking Breakfast with Edward Wycliff

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-design-thinking-breakfast-with-edward-wycliff-tickets-204235222047 Edward Wycliff is the founder and designer of an ethical apparel line called Bow Shoeshoe (“Shway-Shway”).  Wycliff grew up in Third Ward. He moved to upstate New York and earned a BA in Politics at Ithaca College, before earning…

Free

November Design Thinking Breakfast with Michelle Barrett + Chris Daemmrich

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-design-thinking-breakfast-with-michelle-barrett-chris-daemmrich-tickets-191968712587 Review Presentation Materials Here: https://taylor.tulane.edu/design-thinking/breakfasts/november-design-thinking-breakfast-with-michelle-barrett-chris-daemmrich/ Emergent Grounds: Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE) is a collective of interdisciplinary and intergenerational makers and thinkers facilitating the process of cultural reconciliation in the United States through design education…

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