National Endowment for the Arts Presents Final Webinar in Series Exploring Social Impact Design

National Endowment for the Arts Presents Final Webinar in Series Exploring Social Impact Design William Drenttel will host August 20, 2013 session

The National Endowment for the Arts will present the third and final webinar in a series exploring social impact design on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET. The webinar's guest presenter will be William Drenttel, president of Winterhouse Institute and co-founder of Design Observer. The webinar will coincide with the third annual Symposium on Design Education and Social Change.

Drenttel will be joined on the webinar by:

  • Charlie Cannon, chief design officer at epic decade and associate professor of industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design
  • Liz Gerber, faculty founder of Design for America and Breed Junior Chair in Design, Segal Design Institute, Northwestern University
  • Mike Weikert, founding director of Center for Social Design & master of arts in Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art

What is social impact design? Social impact design is distinguished by its human-centered approach, a practice ripe for storytelling and evaluation, with the unique potential to change hearts and minds. To learn more, read Design and Social Impact: a Cross Sectoral Agenda for Design, Education, Research, and Practice, a white paper reporting on the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit.

What will the webinar cover? The webinar will coincide with the Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change; a gathering of thought leaders from various disciplines (design, engineering, architecture and management) and from across the country to discuss the future of design education for social impact.

William Drenttel is a graphic designer, publisher, design leader, and recipient of the 2013 AIGA Medal. Since 1997, Drenttel has worked in partnership with Jessica Helfand at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focusing on editorial development and online media; cultural and education institutions; and social innovation initiatives. In 2002, he co-founded Design Observer, a site of design news and cultural criticism; today, the site is a leading design publication with over a million site visits a month. For a full biography, click here.

How can I join the webinar? Please register in advance on the Social Impact Design page of the NEA's webinar section at or go directly to the Adobe Connect page here. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box.

You can join the conversation on Twitter at #socialimpactdesign.

Will the webinar be archived for future viewing? Yes, an archive of the webinar will be available on August 22nd on the NEA's website along with the archives of the first two social impact design sessions.


Victoria Hutter