Jerry the Bear Visits the White House

August 12, 2015Implement, Leadership, Presentation

After being developed at Northwestern University, Jerry the Bear has enjoyed quite a journey. He has won business competitions, met Warren Buffett, helped deliver a TEDx talk, and has improved the lives of countless children who have Type-1 diabetes. Now he can add another milestone to his ever-growing resume: yesterday Jerry the Bear visited President … Read More

Farewell to Sami!

July 16, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

Dear DFA Community, After five years of dedicated service we would like to share that in mid-August Sami Nerenberg will be stepping down from her role as DFA’s Associate Director. She will be moving back to California where she is from to be closer to her family. In the spirit of DFA, she has accepted … Read More

Welcome Fellows 2015!

July 8, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Profiles

DFA is excited to share that we have two stellar new Fellows joining us for 2015-2016. Design for America Fellows help to develop and deliver human centered design learning materials to DFA members to empower students to create local and social change in our communities. Please join us in welcoming Allison and Catherine and learn … Read More

DFA Collab Ver.1 Is Now Live!

June 17, 2015Fun, Leadership

  The DFA Collaborative website is now live! DFA Alum have been working hard to build a website and community to support DFA students, alum and like-minded professionals in their endeavors to make this world a better place through design and social impact leadership. The DFA Collaborative is an extension of the DFA experience into … Read More

DFA Partners with the James Dyson Foundation!

May 6, 2015Implement, Opportunities

We are excited to announce our new partnership with the James Dyson Foundation! About the Dyson Foundation (JDF)  JDF wants to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers.  Aligning with DFA’s mission and values, they encourage young people to try new things, learn through building and solve big problems.

Promoting Biking in New Haven

April 23, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Process, Profiles, Prototype, Testing

The cozy, communal streets of New Haven have been amped up thanks to Yale University DFAers. Douglas Wong, Joel Sher and Cameron Yick have been creating “ArtRacks” to enhance the New Haven society. Their project showcases non-traditional, custom bike racks to bring attention to the importance of health, community and positive impact.

Update: Girls Driving for A Difference

March 26, 2015Implement, Leadership

We first posted about the Girls Driving for a Difference initiative from founders and DFA Stanford leaders, Jenna Leonardo and Katie Kirsch back in December. Now, they are wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign (raising over $34,000!), gaining well-deserved national attention, inspiring others with their story, reflecting on their pilot over spring break and planning their summer in … Read More

This Cute Little Robot is Designed to Help You Form Any Habit

March 26, 2015Ideas, Implement

View original article on Fast Company here. To stick with a new challenge and really change your life, you’re going to need more than cold data of a fitness tracker or smartphone app. If you buy a shiny new fitness tracker, there’s a fairly good chance it will end up forgotten in a drawer six months later. Maybe … Read More