Event description

If you believe in the power of young people to change the world, how can our design work empower them to do just that? According to the Berkeley Media Studies Group, only 1% of media representations of young people are positive. Yet, the collective experience of our panelists working with youth to create social impact has taught us about the power of young people today as born problem-solvers. Our six panelists, from the design and non-profit worlds, will share different ways they have combined social impact with youth-oriented design to activate a younger generation of activists to make real change happen in the world. The panel will discuss what makes young people better social activists, peacemakers and upstanders from the point of view of social impact designers. While the event is a panel discussion it will be an open forum for participants to talk about their own experiences and ask questions as an informal discussion. We invite all lovers of design, social change and youth culture to join us for an evening of great conversation, craft beer and food at the design studio of Ideas in Digital in the heart of North Beach.

The panelists will include:
Gopika Prabhu, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Elefint Design, San Francisco firm providing strategy and design for causes to make a difference.

Isabella Borgeson, Community Curator at Adobe and Project 1324, an Adobe initiative that supports rising creatives ages 13 to 24 who use creativity as a force for positive change.

Raul Caceres, Senior Program Director at Peace First, managing the Peace First Challenge, a community to enable youth activists to launch their own social impact projects (currently under development)

Shalini Agrawal, Director of Center for Art and Public Life at California College Arts (CCA) and responsible for community design programs for art and design students.

Yesenia Gorbea & Eleanor Davis, Program Managers at Futures Without Violence and responsible for award-winning ThatsNotCool.com, which helps teens address dating violence and digital abuse.

The evening will be moderated by Lance Shields and Matthew Bennett, Principals at iiD and design strategists for youth social impact programs ThatsNotCool.com, The Respect Effect, I Am a Witness and the Peace First Challenge.