Panels and Discussions

The final step in our strategic design process is Circulation, where we disseminate designs, thoughts and conversations through various lecture series, panels and discussions. We engage members across the community, from designers to organizations, researchers and educators, to analyze and dissect deep and meaningful topics, initiating and contextualizing a dialogue around the design process and its impact.

MAY 12, 2016

Stephan Weiss Lecture Series: Design and Flow


In a world often characterized by political turbulence, organizational stasis, and ruthless economic imperatives, strategic design has an increasingly valuable role to play in reintroducing flow to various human activities and institutions. The 2015-2016 Stephan Weiss Lecture Series concludes with a public panel discussion featuring experts drawn from the fields of academia, business, design, and public policy, who will explore emerging developments in the ongoing redesign of products, services, organizations, and entire systems. Establishing a wide designation of the term “flow,” as encompassing all smooth, continuous, and graceful changes, the presentations will focus on ways that efforts to engage end-users and their communities are increasing flow in contexts including mass migration, the treatment of refugee populations, and the recognition of human rights.


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Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, VICE on HBO

Alex Gladstein, Human Rights Foundation

Mark Randall, Worldstudio, Impact! Design for Social Change

Mike Davis, and Veda Partalo, Refugees Welcome

Rabih Shibli, The Ghata Project

Azra Aksamija, MIT

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

The New Story vs. The News Story


When did journalism and entertainment converge? Why do sensationalist stories dominate our news feed? How do people consume news today and how well do they process and integrate the various points of view? Will editorial content ever manage to cut through all the viral stories, opinions, comments and hashtags?

The New Story Vs. The News Story brought together creatives, students, designers, and teachers for an evening of dissection, discussion and conversation around the intersection of design and media held at Parsons School for Design. The panel examined the evolution of the news landscape, the information flux and the current disconnect between legacy journalism and millennials. Panelists included Tim Stock, co-founder at scenarioDNA, Salah Zalatimo, VP Mobile Products at Forbes Media, and Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at NYU. The panel was followed by a Design and Flow Hackathon discussing how design can add flow by re-imagining the news story.


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