Jen van der Meer

Better by Measure Class at SVA’s Products of Design

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Rebecca Silver and I are evolving our Products of Design experiment. From… teaching sustainable design as a silo… to teaching social, civic, and environmental design into startups and entrepreneurship.

Manifesto:

Better by Measure: Becoming Better by Measure (Class 1, SVA Products of Design 2014) from Rebecca Silver

 

Syllabus below:

Better by Measure 

FALL 2014, SVA, PRODUCTS OF DESIGN

Shaping new business models to address environmental outcomes, social justice, and civil society

TEACHERS

ABOUT BETTER BY MEASURE

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Merging best practices from startup accelerators with those from design research, environmental management, and social impact, Better by Measure offers second year Products of Design masters students the opportunity to design and build startups from the ground up, while fundamentally embracing environmental, social, and human health goals within core strategic offerings.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

SKILLS BUILT & TOOLS EXPLORED:

DELIVERABLES FROM STUDENTS:

Implementation strategy: Recommendations for next steps to inform and develop a scaling strategy or continue concept development and testing.

WEEK-BY-WEEK BREAKDOWN:

This is a living syllabus and thus is subject to change

PART 1: CONCEPT GENERATION

 

Week 1: September 4th – Becoming Better by Measure

Week 2: September 11th – Value Creation & Erosion

Week 3: September 18th – Defining Social & Environmental impacts

Week 4: September 25th – Reducing Health Impacts

PART 2: CONCEPT VALIDATION

Week 5: October 2nd – What’s Material?

Week 6: October 9th – Measured Impact

Week 7: October 16th – Into the Future

Week 8: October 23th – Midterms

PART 3: CHARETTES

Week 9: October 30th – Designing for Trees & Bees

Week 10: November 6th – Designing for Jane Jacobs (Civic Engagement)

Week 11: November 13th – Designing for the Body (Health)

PART 4: PROTOTYPE

Week 12: November 20th – Prototyping

Week 13: November 27th NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING

Note: One on ones in lieu of class

Week 14: December 4th – Wrap-Up

Week 15: December 11th – Final Presentations