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Design + Social Change: A Showcase of Thought and Practice at Northeastern University

Apr 10, 2015
All Day Event
Curry Ballroom

Northeastern faculty, staff, students, and community partners are advancing innovative approaches to social change in local neighborhoods and around the globe. Working across disciplines, we might not use the same language to describe our social change toolkits, but we share many values and practices, including respectful, inclusive, and iteractive design practices that put human beings at the center of our efforts.

Through conversations, workshops, and hands-on activities, Design + Social Change will give campus members and the public an opportunity to experience the innovative edge of social change thought and practice at Northeastern University.

Presented by The Social Impact Lab in partnership with NuLawLab and Northeastern Center for the Arts.

This event is sponsored by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust.

Sean Hewens, Amplify Program Director,

Sean lead’s’s Amplify program, a five-year effort funded by the UK Department for International Development with the goal of making international aid more collaborative and human-centered. He also serves as our In-House Counsel.

Prior to heading the Amplify program, Sean served as’s Knowledge Manager, where he oversaw’s various initiatives to spread human-centered design in the social sector, including the launch of the HCD Connect platform and the Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation course for the +Acumen program. Sean has led design workshops for social sector professionals, students and entrepreneurs from Zambia to Pakistan to New York City. Before joining, Sean served as the Executive Director of Smallbean, a social enterprise with an innovative educational approach combining technology skills and cultural preservation training. He also worked as a corporate attorney for four years.

Sean will lead “From Inspiration to Action: A Human-Centered Design Workshop.”

Sean holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a law degree from Georgetown, and attended Massachusetts College of Art & Design.