Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon for South L.A. Members of a community are too often relegated to being mere spectators of change. How can they instead become active participants and influencers in the changes that affect them most? In this third annual design hackathon event, participants used design thinking and UX methods in an […]

Designing Change for Good

The following is the original text from my talk at TEDx Crenshaw that took place in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The video of the talk is included below. Special thanks to my editor Crystal Clayter for helping me write this piece and prepare for the talk.   I want to share with you a couple of things […]

SOLA/HACK! A Design Hackathon for Change in South LA

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker SOLA/HACK was a design hackathon I organized, hosted by General Assembly’s downtown L.A. campus. Participants included current students and alumni from General Assembly and USC. The objective of the hackathon was to apply design thinking and UX […]

The Higher Education Innovation Deficit

“There is a discrepency between the acceleration of culture and the slowness of architecture.” -Rem Koolhaas This quotation by the architect Rem Koolhaas could be adapted as follows: There is a discrepency between the acceleration of culture and the slowness of higher education.  Culture, learning, and knowledge have in many ways far outpaced our universities. […]