Designing for Social Innovation + Leadership

Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) in Thailand an Cambodia with focus on sustainable development and human centered design

A week ago I returned home from South East Asia where I lived one of the most meaningful and enriching experiences. I took part in Designing for Social Innovation + Leadership (DSIL) field course where we unlocked, re-imagined and created solutions to the world’s most daunting challenges and initiated positive systems change.  After studying Sustainable Community Development and working as an industrial designer for several years, the course was the perfect opportunity to apply myself to Human Centered Design.
The whole experience still hasn't quite crystallized yet but what became clear for me was a distinct feeling of belonging and coherence. You know?  When everything about yourself, others and what surrounds you is in perfect harmony.

Beyond that feeling of balance, the greatest and most unexpected realization is that wonderful things happen when one is willing to share.  The more we tell our stories out loud, the more we become ourselves. The more we learn about each other, the more we create inclusive communities. Sharing our stories with those around us keeps us connected.


It's a simple concept but an important one. From now on, the quiet person that I am will trade off some active listening for some sharing.

A video that I created for the course, sharing my interest and passion for food systems - In collaboration with lagopoulos.com
Design Thinking in action with Natalie Ortiz Villalobos
Successful Female farmer supported by CEDAC (Centre d’Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien / Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture)
Myself sharing my vision and goals
Zero Baht Shop a community based social enterprise where members exchange recyclable waste for consumer goods
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