Social Innovation Conversation: Design Thinking & Social Impact
Join us for a Social Innovation Conversation featuring Ann Yoachim, director of the Small Center for Collaborative Design and Dr. Zaza Kabayadondo, learning scientist and Taylor Senior Fellow. Ann and Zaza will lead a lively discussion around similarities and differences between public interest design, human-centered design, design thinking for social impact, and other themes.
Social Innovation Conversations are ways to “discover” the field of social innovation. Presenters share findings from research, insights about research methodologies, and their musings about how social innovation and is a part of and/or influences their scholarly work. Expect an interactive presentation and rich conversation with panelists and other attendees.
Lunch will be provided.
Ann Yoachim, Director and Professor of Practice
Ann brings experience in building partnerships across campus-community boundaries as well as supporting meaningful change through research and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is focused on facilitating this collaboration to shape built, natural and social environments that impact health and wellness. Ann’s wordy titles include Professor of Practice at the Tulane School of Architecture and Director of the Small Center, but she prefers to think of her self as a constant brainstorm-er who fosters collaboration in everything that she does. In her role as Director, Ann will steward the close collaborations the Center has enjoyed with other Tulane departments, local and national peer institutions, government agencies, community-based organizations, local design practitioners, as well as local and national funders and donors.
Zandile Kabayadondo, 2019 Taylor Senior Fellow
As the Co-Director of the Design Thinking Initiative at Smith College, Zandile “Zaza” Kabayadondo is leading a $2.5 million pilot program to incorporate design thinking into undergraduate education at Smith. Zaza designed the college’s first prototyping studio and implemented a website that curates learning resources on human-centered design and highlights design projects as they evolve. Since designing the studio two years ago, Zaza has engaged 780 students, faculty, staff, and alumnae including college trustees through programming.
Zaza has been using design thinking to tackle “wicked problems” since 2009 when she first started training teachers and students in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is one of the early alumni of the Stanford University d.school, and is a founding member of the design thinking research group Research in Education and Design (REDlab). She has a commitment to understanding how learning environments can be shaped to enhance agency, creativity, and community development. Prior to joining Smith, Zaza worked on introducing design thinking to Zimbabwe, where she facilitated workshops for doctors to develop insightful medical devices and reimagine their practice. She is also conducting an ethnographic study on how Zimbabweans learn to problem-solve through video footage, user-generated visuals, and artifacts for analysis research on technology use in emerging markets. This work involves developing new methods for engaging participants in research through participatory idea generation and rapid prototyping.
Zaza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College and a Ph.D.from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.