The Next Step for Design: Social Entrepreneurship
As designers are increasingly recognized as both thought leaders and the drivers of large-scale change, it’s become evident that we’ve outgrown the traditional contexts of our work—as stewards of organizational change in large corporations, and as hired guns at consultancies. Entrepreneurship provides a third vehicle for design-driven change, yet designers have not traditionally explored this as a viable career path. In this talk, Jon Kolko will describe how a particular form of entrepreneurship—social entrepreneurship—is the new frontier for designers, and will provide illustrations of how a design led, double-bottom line, operationally self-sufficient company can create meaningful and deep impact.
Presented by Freshbooks
Tuesday, April 10
MFA Interaction Design Department(View Map)
136 West 21st Street
Between 6th and 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10011
Jon Kolko is the Founder and Director of Austin Center for Design, a progressive educational institution teaching interaction design and social entrepreneurship. His work focuses on bringing the power of design to social enterprises, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and large-scale industry disruption. He has worked extensively with both startups and Fortune 500 clients, and he has a breadth of experience in consumer electronics, mobility, web services, supply chain management, demand planning, and customer-relationship management. He has worked with big-brand clients such as AT&T, HP, Nielsen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, IBM, Palm and other leaders of the Global 2000, as well as with startups like Socialware, Spredfast, Vast, Attivio, and more.
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