LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide


Since the 2016 Designmatters publication LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation edited by Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea, we have heard from many educators and students from around the world who have embraced the publication and used the content as an integral part of their studies and curricula. Inspired by these stories, Designmatters decided to create LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide, an open-source digest of some original content from the book along with new resources specifically tailored to educators.

The Educator’s Guide contains 12 select dialogues, each accompanied by a set of open-ended questions to provoke critical reading and to jumpstart classroom discussion. Five case studies are included to ground the theoretical discussions about the future of careers by showing what the emerging field looks like. Unique to this Guide is an annotated bibliography that provides students with complementary readings on topics related to designing for social innovation to inspire new and expanded directions of study.

LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide is available to download below. If you use this Guide as part of your syllabus or studies, we would love to hear from you! Feel free to contact Designmatters@artcenter.edu with your story.

LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide Credits:


Editor:  Mariana Amatullo

Editor:  Andrew Shea

Editor:  Jennifer May

Designer: TwoPoints.Net

Graduate Research Assistant:  Justine Esquivel

Copy Editor:  Alex Carswell


The limited first print edition of LEAP Dialogues is currently available on Amazon.com.


LEAP Dialogues would not have been possible without the early support and partnership of the Autodesk Foundation and the support of VentureWell.

We are so grateful to these organizations for their leadership in the intersecting fields of design, innovation and entrepreneurship.