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The Project

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How should designers create change toward horizontal interactions in the society?

Change for Social Design interrogates unequal power dynamics in traditional social design while educating designers, community leaders and journalist about post-colonial theory. The project is a suite of platforms to provoke a critical discourse around social design methodology and ideologies inspired by design work done in Puerto Rico, Uganda and the United States.

 The project was conceived as part of the MFA Thesis requirements of Media Design Practices/Field, an MFA program in collaboration with Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

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The Author

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María del Carmen Lamadrid is a media designer, researcher, tinkerer born and raised in Puerto Rico. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles and spends most of her time between knitting and learning to surf.

She is interested in designing social interventions and speculations to unlock the implicit cultural knowledge of participants while exploring the intersection of design, and activism.

She completed her MFA from Art Center College of Design’s Media Design Practices program, in partnership with UNICEF Uganda Tech4Dev and the award-winning Designmatters. Her research there was supported by a grant from Intel’s Vibrant Data project.

Previously acquire a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Puerto Rico.

 

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The Collaborators

 

Without you all this project would not be possible:

 

Eric Hubbard, Jóvenes Inc and Frog Designer who asked remain anonymous,  for the generous contribution of your time and participation.

Jeshua René Gonzalez, Kasuya Takayuki, Aaron Foshee, Gregorio Ahn, Gene Lee, Shawn Jackson, Walton Chiu and Helen Chan, for supporting the work.

The amazing thesis committee and faculty: Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Wendy Hsu, Rosten Woo, Chris Morabito, Sean Donahue, Elizabeth Chin and Anne Burdick.

 

A special thanks to my field family away from home:

Heather Grates, Jeffrey K. Hall, Judy Toretti, Betsy Kalven, Jacob Brancasi, Elizabeth Gin and An Mina.