Announcing the First Annual IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners

courtesy WAZO Design Institute

2011 is the inaugural year of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards program, one of the anchor initiatives of CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. This program enables interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. We are pleased to announce the winning IMPACT Teams for 2011! Each team has been awarded $10,000 toward their project.

All of the proposed projects emphasized interdisciplinary engagement, social entrepreneurship, and collaborative relationships with community partners. They are required to have a detailed action plan that supports social and humanitarian goals. A critical element of the IMPACT Awards is the collaboration with CCA's DMBA Program. Selected alumni and students from the DMBA program will serve as mentors throughout the process of project development and implementation.

The 2011 awards go to:

IMPACT Skyline
IMPACT Skyline proposes an innovative and collaborative new working environment at Skyline High School. The team will think creatively about building and space, utilize interactive technology, and provide professional development workshops for teachers.
The team: Alvin Cheung, MBA in Design Strategy; Michelle Dawson, MBA in Design Strategy; Corey Lee, Graduate Program in Design; Sanam Nassirpour, MBA in Design Strategy

Social Craft
Working with local experts, Social Craft proposes a five-week-long course at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore. The course would involve building an actual house on campus to explore the boundaries between education and life; the project would also build a lasting relationship between the two colleges.
The team: Cara Levine, Sculpture Program; Nicholas Morris, Sculpture Program; Cassie Thornton, Graduate Program in Fine Arts (Social Practice)

WAZO Design Institute
WAZO Design Institute proposes to create a design and production facility to support entrepreneurialism and product development in Kayafungo, a rural community in eastern Kenya.
The team: Konina Biswas, Graduate Program in Design; Benjamin Ilka, Graduate Program in Fine Arts (Illustration); James Lee, MBA in Design Strategy; Paul Wood, Graduate Program in Design