Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall

Friday November 4, 2022

“Wanted: Critical Thinkers to Solve 21st Century Problems” (Panel Discussion)

Panel Discussion with Jennifer May (Executive Director, Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design), Tracy Drain (Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA, at Caltech), Roxy Rivas (Planning Coordinator, Konkuey Design Initiative), Brandon D. Young (Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP)and Moderator, Konrad Ribeiro (Head of Sales Excellence for Large Customer Sales at Google).

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The California Club

Los Angeles, CA

Design For Adaptation – Cumulus 2022 Detroit

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Design For Adaptation – Cumulus 2022 Detroit

Rising Waters: Designstorming Adaptive Designs for Coastal Communities in 2030, 2050 and 2100
Presented by Jennifer May (Executive Director, Designmatters at ArtCenter) and Heidrun Mumper-Drumm (Director of Sustainability Initiatives, ArtCenter College of Design)

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August 21 - 23rd, 2019

2019 IDSA - International Design Conference

August 21 – 23, 2019

IDSA Education Symposium (Panel Discussion)

The Dreamhouse of the Future: A Case Study on Toy Design, Design Education, and Social Impact
Jennifer May, Executive Director, Designmatters

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Venue SIX10
Chicago, IL

June 10 - 16th, 2019

Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation

June 10 – June 16, 2019

Invited Participant – James Meraz, Professor, Environmental Design, ArtCenter


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Lenar Farms
Logar Valley, Slovenia


May 27 - June 1st, 2019

Cumulus Conference Rovaniemi 2019 Around the Campfire: Resilience and Intelligence

May 27 – June 1, 2019

Paper Presentation: Intersections/Interactions: Artists + Designers + Scientists visualize environmental science

Jennifer May, Interim Executive Director, Designmatters  / Maggie Hendrie, Chair Interaction Design, ArtCenter  / Kristine Bowne, Vice President, Professional Development and Industry Engagement

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Hosted by the University of Lapland
Rovaniemi, Finland


April 8 - 10th, 2019

FUSE Conference 2019

April 8 – 10, 2019

Track 2: Design for Impact: Tomorrow’s Innovators Inspire Today’s C-Suite

Sherry Hoffman, Faculty Director, Designmatters  / Kimberly Culmone, SVP, Global Head of Design Barbie & Fashion Dolls at Mattel

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Chicago, Illinois

March 22 - 23rd, 2019

Women Making Waves 2019

March 22 – 23, 2019

From Passion to Purpose – When Personal Interests Become Business Opportunities

Moderator: Sherry Hoffman, Faculty Director, Designmatters

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Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana


February 3 - 4th, 2019

Interaction Design Education Summit - 2019

Feb 3 – 4, 2019

Case Study Presentation: Seeing the Unseen: Visualizing Flow Patterns of Mesopelagic Ocean Eddies

Maggie Hendrie, Faculty, Interaction Design / Jennifer May, Interim Executive Director, Designmatters

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Seattle, Washington

October 31 - November 3rd, 2018

Cumulus conference Wuxi 2018: Diffused Transition and Design Opportunities

October 31 – November 3,  2018

Future Craft China: Design Education Bridging Local Cultural Heritage and Global Contemporary Design
Paper Presentation: David Mocarski, Penny Herscovitch & Dan Gottlieb

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Jiangnan University
Wuxi, China

September 22nd, 2018


September 22, 2018

Invited Speaker: Steven Butler, Media Coordinator, Designmatters

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Huntington Library
Pasadena, CA

July 11 - 14th, 2018

ICON 10 The Illustration Conference

July 11-14th, 2018

Susannah Ramshaw, Associate Director, Designmatters  & Esther Pearl Watson, Faculty, Illustration, ArtCenter College of Design

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Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
Detroit, MI

March 22 - 24th, 2018

Venturewell Open Conference 2018

March 22-24, 2018
Inspire, Engage, Transform

Presentation – The Qualified Self: Designing Next Generation Technology for Health & Wellness

Jeff Higashi, Faculty, Product Design

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Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

February 22 - 23rd, 2018

Doing Good Doing Well 2018

Feb 22-23, 2018
Accelerating Toward a New World

Panel Presentation – Game Changing Tech & Innovation 

Susannah Ramshaw, Associate Director, Designmatters , Manuel E. Sosa, Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD

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IESE Business School 
Barcelona, Spain

October 16 - 25th, 2017

World Design Summit - 2017

October 16-25th

Using life cycle thinking to inform design practice and transform design outcomes
Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Professor, Director Sustainability Initiatives, ArtCenter College of Design

Designmatters Student Ambassadors
Brittany Lydster (Product Design) and Doug Thomas (Transportation Design)

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Palais des Congrès
Montreal, Québec Canada

October 13th, 2017

AIGA Design Conference 2017

Friday, October 13th 

An Expanding Playing Field: Projecting Designers Professional Roles in 2025
Mariana Amatullo, PhD, Co-Founder, Designmatters

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Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

September 30th, 2017

Design Incubation Colloquium 4.1

Saturday, September 30th 

Safe Niños: A Co-Creation Case Study
Susannah Ramshaw, Associate Director, Designmatters

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San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

June 15th, 2017

Drawing from Life: Illustration, Graphic Journalism and Advocacy

The ArtCenter Women in Design and Art Series

Thursday June 15, 2017  7:00pm – 10:00pm

A conversation with Wendy MacNaughton and Esther Pearl Watson


ArtCenter College of Design South Campus
Pasadena, California

June 14th, 2017

Illustrated Journalism Workshop

The World through Visual Storytelling

A workshop with Wendy MacNaughton


ArtCenter College of Design South Campus
Pasadena, CA

June 7 - 9th, 2017

Form 2017: 9th edition of the International Design Congress of Havana

Innovación social y diseño: Perspectivas desde la pedagogía y la práctica
Presentation: Mariana Amatullo PhD, Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

Transcending Boundaries: Design Immersion & Immersive Design
Presentation: Nik Hafermaas, Chair, Graphic Design Department, ArtCenter College of Design

Fresh Eyes Cuba Book
Presentation: Tracey Shiffman, Faculty, Graphic Design Department, ArtCenter College of Design

Fresh Eyes Cuba Exhibition Installation
ArtCenter Student Team: Suyu Ren, Nicolas Ramirez, Ricardo Imperial, Jr.

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Palace of Conventions
Havana, Cuba

May 30 - June 2nd, 2017

REDO: Cumulus 2017 Conference Kolding

Presentation: Mariana Amatullo PhD, Cumulus Executive Board Member,  Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

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Design School Kolding
Kolding, Denmark

May 25th, 2017

Will Farmed Fish Save Our Oceans, Delight our Palates, and Provide Healthy Food For All?

May 25, 2017 (7:00pm-8:30pm)

Panel Discussion:
Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific
Halley Froehlich, UCSB
Sam King, King’s Seafood
Don Kent, Rose Canyon Fisheries
Kyla Wilson, UCLA

Moderated by: Peter Kareiva, UCLA
Special Presentation by ArtCenter College of Design Illustration Students from the Designmatters Ocean Impact Studio

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Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA


March 29th, 2017


March 29, 2017 (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Panel Discussion:
Participants – Ann-Sophie Morrissette, Account Director, Fenton / Bora Shin, Design Strategy Lead, LA Mayor’s Innovation Team / Jennifer May, Director, Designmatters

Moderated by Alisa Olinova & Clarisa Valdez from verynice

Hosted by verynice.

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General Assembly
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

March 23 - 25th, 2017

VentureWell Open Conference 2017

March 23-25, 2017
Invent the future of innovation & entrepreneurship education

Presentation – Safe Niños: A co-creation case study

Susannah Ramshaw, Associate Director, Designmatters

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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington D.C.

February 15 - 18th, 2017

2017 College Art Association Annual Conference

February 15-18, 2017

Ethics in Design Program:
Caring for What We Leave Behind: Rules of Engagement in Design Education for Social Innovation
Invited Presenter: Mariana Amatullo

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New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY

February 2 - 4th, 2017

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities

February 2-4, 2017 

Marketing and Design in Government: Thinking of Residents as Clients to Achieve Impact
Panel Presentation – Amanda Daflos, Director, Mayor Garcetti’s Innovation Team / Vicki Curry, Chief PIO City of Los Angeles / Gaby Brink, President and Chief Designer Tomorrow Partners / Lilly O’Brien, Manager, Great Streets and Vision Zero / Jennifer May, Director, Designmatters


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Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel
St. Louis, MO

January 14 - 22nd, 2017

Bienal Diseño - 2017

January 14-22, 2017

Safe Niños  book launch and presentation (January 14th) 5pm

Design’s New Urgency (January 17th)
Presentation: Mariana Amatullo PhD, Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

Social Innovation Panel Wednesday (January 18th)  12:00pm

ico-D Regional Latin American Panel (January 20th) 4pm
Colaboración bilateral y desarrollo de conexión entre entidades latino americanas


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Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho
Santiago, Chile

November 21 - 24th, 2016

Cumulus Conference Hong Kong

November 21-24, 2016
Open Design for  E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes
Panel Presentation: Mariana Amatullo, Stella Hernandez

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Hong Kong Design Institute
Hong Kong

November 9 - 12th, 2016

2016 NAKFI Conference

November 9-12, 2016
Discovering the Deep Blue Sea: Research, Innovation, Social Engagement
Invited Participant:  Mariana Amatullo PhD, Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

Invited Facilitator: Sherry Hoffman, Product Design faculty, ArtCenter College of Design / with selected ArtCenter students.

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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering,
Irvine, CA

November 1 - 4th, 2016

I Congreso Internacional de Ciencia e innovación inclusivas, para el desarrollo sostenible

November 1-4, 2016
Invited Presenter: Mariana Amatullo,

Hosted by Dirección de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Citma)

Palacio de las Convenciones
Havana, Cuba

October 15 - 16th, 2016

Emerging Practices Design Research and Education Conference 2016: Design in Complexity

October 15-16, 2016
Embedding Designers in Government Innovation Teams
Case Study Presentation: Mariana Amatullo PhD, Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

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College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University
Shanghai, China

October 12th, 2016

SXSW Eco Conference

October 12, 2016 / 11:30am – 12:30pm
Collective Impact By Design 
Panel Presentation: Mariana Amatullo, Jennifer May, Bryan Boyer, Garrett Jacobs, Sachin Malhan

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Austin Convention Center
Austin, Texas

October 5 - 9th, 2016

Design Week Mexico

October 5-9, 2016
COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Case Study Presentation:  Stella Hernandez, Faculty

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Mexico City, Mexico

September 27th, 2016

UNDP: Innovation Conversations

September 27, 2016/ 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Eastern)

Design and international development: Insights from the frontlines of practice
Brown Bag Talk:  Mariana Amatullo PhD, Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

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Julia Taft Conference Room, DC1-20th Floor, UNDP Headquarters
New York, NY

September 26th, 2016

Clearly. Innovation Lab

September 26, 2016
Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo

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New York, NY

August 27th, 2016

Civic Youth: Summer Leadership Program

August 27, 2016 / 9:00am – 12:30pm
Design Thinking for Social Change
Guest Speaker:  Mariana Amatullo PhD, Co-Founder and VP, Designmatters

Workshop Leads: Sherry Hoffman, Faculty, ArtCenter  / R.J. Sakai, Designmatters Fellow, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Innovation Team

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City Hall
Los Angeles, CA

August 7 - 9th, 2016

Seventh Annual Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change

August 7-9, 2016
Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

July 29th, 2016

Academic Design Management Conference ADMC16

Friday July 29, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am
Paper Presentation – Selected Papers
Insights from Integrating a Design Attitude Approach to the Innovation Ecosystem of International Development —  Mariana Amatullo

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Boston, MA


June 11 - 12th, 2016

BUILD A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 2-Day Intensive Workshop

Saturday and Sunday June 11-12, 2016
Workshop Leader
Matthew Manos  (Founder and Managing Director of verynice)

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ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California

June 9th, 2016


Thursday June 9, 2016 12:00–2:00pm
Workshop Leader 
Sarah Brooks (Director of Insight and Design, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2014-15 Presidential Innovation Fellow)

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ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California

June 8th, 2016

DESIGN A MORE AWESOME GOVERNMENT By the People. For the People. Today.

Wednesday June 8, 2016 7:00pm
Guest Lecture
Sarah Brooks (Director of Insight and Design, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2014-15 Presidential Innovation Fellow)

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ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California

June 5 - 7th, 2016

SEADS Workshop

June 5th-7th 
Shared Exploration Across Design and Science: Scientific and Designerly Approaches to Knowledge Creation
Hosted by Professor Larry J. Leifer and Rieko Yajima, Stanford University
Mariana Amatullo, Invited Participant

Stanford University, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (D-School)
Palo Alto, CA


May 14th, 2016

BOLD 2016: The ArtCenter Symposium for Creative Entrepreneurs

Saturday, May 14th 2:10 pm
Entrepreneurship and Social Impact: The power of giving back: responsibility, ethics and awareness when designing business plans and growth strategies
Matthew Manos (MFA ’12 Graduate Media Design Practices)
Roman Wyden (BFA ’07 Film)
Mariana Amatullo (Vice President, Designmatters)

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ArtCenter College of Design
Pasadena, California

April 25th, 2016

Social Innovation and Design Education: Lessons from my Practice and Research

Monday, April 25th 1:00 pm
Guest Lecture
Mariana Amatullo, (Vice President, Designmatters)

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Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Oslo, Norway

April 9 - 12th, 2016

LEAP 2: Value of Design Symposium

Sunday, April 10th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PUBLIC PLENARY 1: Value of Design Series
Mariana Amatullo, (Vice President, Designmatters), Liz Danzico, (Creative Director, NPR & Founding Chairperson, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts), Jennifer May, (Director, Designmatters), Andrew Shea, (Principal, MANY)

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MICA: Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

March 4 - 5th, 2016

VentureWell Open Conference 2016

Saturday, March 5th 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Designing Career Pathways in Social Innovation for a World in Flux
Mariana Amatullo (Vice President, Designmatters), Jennifer May (Director, Designmatters)

Saturday, March 5th 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Design Thinking for Social Innovation: A hands-on workshop for educators
Penny Herscovitch (ArtCenter College of Design), Dan Gottlieb (ArtCenter College of Design), Abby Fifer Mandell, (University of Southern California), Stella Hernandez, (ArtCenter College of Design)

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Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland, Oregon

February 18th, 2016

San Marino League Luncheon

Thursday, February 18th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Celebrating Fifteen Years of Designmatters and Designing Social Impact at ArtCenter

Mariana Amatullo, PhD – Co-Founder and Vice President, Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design Scholar-in-Residence, Design and Innovation Fellow/Non Profit Fellow, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University


Faculty Dining Room
ArtCenter College of Design
Hillside Campus | 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena CA

February 10th, 2016

Toyota Lecture Series: John Thackara

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:30 p.m.Life’s Work: Thriving in The Next Economy

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and event producer who
has spent a lifetime searching for live examples of what a sustainable future can be like. He writes about these stories at his blog, Doors of Perception, and in books; his most recent is How To Thrive In the Next Economy

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Ahmanson Auditorium
ArtCenter College of Design
Hillside Campus | 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena CA

January 29th, 2016

USC Keck School of Medicine Speaker Series

Friday, January 29th 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Design, Public Health and Innovation: Case Study Insights from Designmatters at ArtCenter
Mariana Amatullo, PhD

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SSB 301 (2001 N. Soto St., Soto Building, USC Health Sciences Campus)
Los Angeles, California


December 3 - 5th, 2015

Cumulus Conference Mumbai 2015

Friday December 3rd 11:30 am – 13:00 pm
Panel Discussion on ‘Sustainability with Focus on Water’
Shyam Asolekar (CESE), Mariana Amatullo (Cumulus Board Member, ArtCenter, USA), Nina Sabnani (IDC, IIT Bombay), Michelle Laporte (Parsons), Xiao Yong (CAFA, China)


Saturday December 4th
Afternoon Paper Presentation – Selected Best Papers
Fostering Effective Models for Social Entrepreneurship in Design Education: Lessons Learned from the Safe Agua Case Study —  Penny Herscovitch (ArtCenter, USA) and Mariana Amatullo (Cumulus Board Member, ArtCenter, USA)


Hosted by Industrial Design Centre IIT Bombay
Mumbai, India

November 11 - 14th, 2015

2015 NAKFI Conference

Art and Science, Engineering, and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation & Realization

Opening Panel (When Artistic Process Leads to Science, Engineering, and Medicine Breakthroughs)


David Edwards –  Goron McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation; Core Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; Founder and Director, Le Laboratoire in Paris, France and Cambridge (USA); Faculty Associate, Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University

Mariana Amatullo – Design and Innovation Fellow, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University; Co-Founder and Vice President, Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design

Jonathan Fineberg –  Visiting Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine; Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hannes Koch – Founder/Director, Random International.

Don Ingber – Director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology, Harvard Medical School & Vascular Biology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital; Professor of Bioengineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University.

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Irvine, CA
Beckman Center Auditorium

November 9th, 2015

Start Up to Scale Up: Global Innovations for Children & Youth Summit

The “Future of Learning”

Mini-plenary Session: Mariana Amatullo – Designmatters, Fabio Sergio – Frog Design and Kate Radford – E-Learning, Sudan

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Finlandia Hall (15:30 – 17:00)
Helsinki, Finland

November 5 - 7th, 2015

Net Impact Conference 2015

Building a Path Out of Poverty Through Impact Design

Paige Rodgers, Shalu Umapathy, Alejandra Villalobos

Moderator: Jennifer May

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Seattle, WA
Net Impact

October 18 - 23rd, 2015

AICAD Social Practices Conference & PALS Summit

Designmatters: Integrating Social Impact Design at ArtCenter

Presented by Jennifer May

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Detroit, MI
College for Creative Studies

October 8 - 10th, 2015

AIGA Design Conference 2015

Design Education in a Global Economy

Panelist: Dr. Mariana Amatullo

Measuring the Return on Design for Social Innovation

Presentation by Dr. Mariana Amatullo

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New Orleans, LA

October 1 - 4th, 2015

Aspen First Movers Social Intrapreneurship Summit III

The Power of a “Design Attitude” to Drive Social Innovation and Organizational Change

Presented by Dr. Mariana Amatullo

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Glen Cove, NY
The Aspen Institute

September 29th, 2015

Symposium: The Future of Creative Education

Perspectives from Designmatters at ArtCenter

Social Laboratories Panelists:
Mariana Amatullo, Raúl Cárdenas, Blanca Heredia

Moderator: Paulina Cornejo

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Mexico City, Mexico
Centro University


September 25 - 27th, 2015

Better World by Design 2015

Pathways to Practice: How today’s design tools and resources are making it easier than ever to create a better world.

Brittany Bennett, Charlie Cannon, Jennifer May, Gilad Meron

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Providence, RI
RISD and Brown University

September 17 - 19th, 2015

20th Anniversary Doctor of Management Celebration and Symposium: Transformative Leadership: From Rhetoric to Reality

Design and Innovation Theory and Practice: Applying A Powerful New Approach

Dr. Richard Boland, Dr. Fred Collopy, Dr. Mariana Amatullo

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Cleveland, OH
Case Western Reserve University

September 3rd, 2015

The Health Communication Matters Webinar Series

Design Matters! Integrating Design into Public Health Communications: 2 Case Studies

Webinar Speakers:
Timothy Kordic, Dr. Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Dr. Mariana Amatullo

Moderator: Nancy Murphy

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Los Angeles, CA
Online Webinar

August 9 - September 11th, 2015

Sixth Annual Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change

Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo

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Savannah, GA
Savannah College of Art and Design

July 16th, 2015

Innovation by Design at UNICEF

Winning Approaches and Emerging Organizational Practices in Innovation

Mariana Amatullo

Chris Fabian, UNICEF Innovation Unit Co-Lead,

Guest Speakers:
Manuel Toscano, Faculty for Products of Design, School of Visual Arts and Principal for Zago
JP Stephens, PhD, Assistant Professor in Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University


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New York, NY
UNICEF Innovation

June 28 - 30th, 2015

Learn x Design Conference

Guest Speaker (Remarks on behalf of Cumulus)
Mariana Amatullo

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL

April 26th, 2015

Collaboration LA: Startups, Youth Engagement and YOU

Guest Speaker
Mariana Amatullo

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Occidental College (Choi Auditorium)
Los Angeles, CA

March 20 - 21st, 2015

2015 Open Minds Conference

Safe Agua Colombia: Calientamigos
Invited Participants: Mariana Somma, Della Tosin, Kevin Chang, Tianyi Sun

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Washington D.C.
Marriott Marquis

February 12 - 13th, 2015

Idyllwild Arts Academy

Art in Society Panel
Panelists: Mariana Amatullo, John David Mooney, George Blake, John Pennington, Claudia Rankine

Master Class: Visual Arts Department
Mariana Amatullo


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Idyllwild, CA
Idyllwild Arts Academy

December 2nd, 2014

Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Quality of Life

Guest Participant
Mariana Amatullo

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Washington, DC
Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center

November 15 - 19th, 2014

Healthography: APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA Public Health Expo
Poster Session: “Where’s Daryl? Educational Toolkit”

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New Orleans, LA
Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center

October 31st, 2014

Sustainatopia 2014

Focus on Public-Private Partnerships: Solving Sanitation on a Global Scale
Moderator: Greg Wendt, Stakeholders Capital

Panel Speakers: Mariana Amatullo,  John Sauer, James McHale

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Century City, CA
Hyatt Regency

September 28 - 30th, 2014

2014 CityLab

CityLab: Global Solutions to Urban Challenges
Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo

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Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by The Aspen Institute

September 22 - 24th, 2014

Cumulus Conference Johannesburg 2014

Design With the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design
Member, Executive Board, Cumulus: Mariana Amatullo

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Hosted by Greenside Design Center and University of Johannesburg
Department of Art, Design and Architecture
Johannesburg, South Africa

August 17 - 19th, 2014

Winterhouse Symposium

Fifth Annual Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change
Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo
Hosted by the Winterhouse Institute and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Baltimore, MD

June 16 - 19th, 2014

Design Research Society 2014

Design’s Big Debates Pushing the Boundaries of Design Research
Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo

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Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå, Sweden

Cumulus Conference Aveiro

What’s On: Cultural Diversity, Social Engagement, Shifting Education
Cumulus International Committee Member: Mariana Amatullo

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University of Aveiro
Department of Communication and Art
Aveiro, Portugal

March 28th, 2014

Presentation to the Board of The Salzburg Global Seminar

Designing for Deep Change: The Transformative Power of the Arts and Philanthropy
Panelists: Mariana Amatullo, Eric Nee, Patricia Garza
Pasadena, California

March 21 - 22nd, 2014

Open 2014: NCIIA’s Annual Conference

Why Size Doesn’t Matter: Enabling Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Invention in Small Private Design and Liberal Arts Colleges
Panelists: Lee Davis, Kunal Parikh, Penny Herscovitch

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San Jose, California

February 28 - March 2nd, 2014

Aspen Institute First Movers Summit II

Building Connections, Amplifying Impact
Invited Guest: Mariana Amatullo

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The Aspen Institute
Business & Society Program
Aspen, Colorado

February 5th, 2014

Design for Social Innovation: Insights from the Designmatters Portfolio

Guest Speaker
Mariana Amatullo

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Segal Design Institute
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

February 4th, 2014

Codifying Practices in an Emergent Space: Design for Social Innovation through the Designmatters Lens

Guest Speaker
Mariana Amatullo

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Institute of design
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois

November 7 - 9th, 2013

Cumulus Conference Dublin

Cumulus Paper Presentation – Under the Bonnet: Exploring the Mechanics of Design Collaborations for Social Impact
Muireann McMahon, University of Limerick,  with Mariana Amatullo,  Designmatters

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National College of Art and Design
Dublin, Ireland

November 4th, 2013

ReForm Workshop

Design Education at the cross-section of Social Innovation Trends:  Designmatters Case Studies
Mariana Amatullo

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University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

October 10 - 13th, 2013

Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference 2013

The Future We Want:  Questions about Global Relevance for Art and Design Education through the Cumulus Lens
Mariana Amatullo, Executive Board Member, Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Design Education: Global Contexts and Conversations
Panelists: Mariana Amatullo, Ruki Ravikumar, Muneera Umedaly-Spence, Diane Mikhael, and Karin Jager

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Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 3rd, 2013

Designmatters: Design Education for Social Innovation

Presentation to PALS Fellows

Mariana Amatullo

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Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, California

September 19 - 21st, 2013

LEAP Symposium

LEAP: A Timely Conversation
Host/Curator:  Mariana Amatullo

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Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, California

June 22nd, 2013

Dwell on Design Conference 2013

Upcycling with Art Center College of Design
Mini-lecture:  James Meraz and Benjamin Luddy

Outcomes from the Designmatters Goodwill: Upcycle Lifestyle studio will be showcased.
LA Convention Center
Los Angeles, California

June 5th, 2013 - 8th, 2015

Global Thinking - Local Action - Future Life: Cumulus Conference Kalmar

DESIS Thematic Cluster Session: Informal, Formal and Collaborative: Designing in Underserved Communities
Mariana Amatullo and Ezio Manzini

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Linnaeus University
Kalmar, Sweden

May 9th, 2013

Aquatic Academy Spring 2013: The Integration of Art & Science to Enhance Environmental Communication

Focus on Design and the Visual Arts
Guest Lecture:  Mariana Amatullo and Dan Goods

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(7pm – 9:30pm)
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, California

April 15 - 19th, 2015

Festival Internacional de la Imagen 2013

Design Education for Social Innovation: The Designmatters Platform
Guest Keynote and Seminar: Mariana Amatullo

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Universidad de Caldas
Manizales, Colombia

February 21st, 2013

Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact

Panel Presentation
Moderator: Cynthia E. Smith
Panelists: Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Bell, Krista Donaldson, and Ezio Manzini

Event Organized by Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum

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The Greene Space at New York Public Radio
New York, NY

Leading Innovation in Nonprofits and Corporate Philanthropy

Panel PresentationWomen in Leadership in Nonprofits and Corporate Philanthropy
Moderator: Christy Tennant Krispin
Panelists: Mariana Amatullo, Madeline Di Nonno, Geena Davis, Jacquelline Fuller and Toni Nicole Walker

Panel PresentationInnovation and Technology in Nonprofits and Corporate Philanthropy
Moderator: Gideon Strauss
Panelists: Elisa Ruffino, Penny Herscovitch, Jacquelline Fuller and Doug McConnell

Event Organized by the Max De Pree Center for Leadership

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Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, CA

January 23rd, 2013

Designing for Wicked Problems

Design for the Developing World (Class)
Guest Lecture:  Mariana Amatullo
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

December 10th, 2012

Deserve Your Dreams

Commencement Speaker
Mariana Amatullo
Centro, Graduation
Mexico City

November 14 - 17th, 2012

Projecting Design 2012 - Global Design Bridge: Cumulus Conference, Santiago

Paper Presentation: Perspectives About Design Education for Social Innovation: the Safe Agua Case Study
Mariana Amatullo

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Santiago, Chile

October 23rd, 2012

Design for Social Innovation: An Expanding Opportunity Space

Guest Speaker
Mariana Amatullo
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland, Ohio

*Posters designed by the graphic design students of Mari Hulick’s class, Cleveland Institute of Art.

October 16 - 18th, 2012

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Organized by NesSt

Design for Social Innovation Vectors
Plenary Panelist: Mariana Amatullo

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

October 1st, 2012

Safe Agua Peru, A Case Study for Social Innovation

Guest Speaker
Mariana Amatullo
Society and Business Lab, Marshall School of Business, USC
Los Angeles, CA

August 19 - 20th, 2012

Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change

Mariana Amatullo

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Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

July 18th, 2012

Product Design for the Developing World

Panel Presentation
Moderator: Carolyn Wagner
Panelists: Mariana Amatullo, Debbie Aung Din and Ken Pickar

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Operation USA Office
7421 Beverly Blvd., Penthouse
LA 90036

June 16 - 22nd, 2012

Dwell Design Week 2012

Social Impact Design Panel
Mariana Amatullo, David Mocarski, and Jenn Kuca

June 22, 2012
LA Convention Center


Panel Presentation
Michael Sylvester, Mariana Amatullo, David Mocarski, and Frances Anderton

June 16, 2012
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA

May 29th, 2012

Design Education for Social Impact: Why it Matters, What it Takes.

Social Design Talks
Guest speaker: Mariana Amatullo
Respondent: Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint-Martins

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The Young Foundation

May 24 - 26th, 2012

Northern World Mandate: Cumulus Conference Helsinki

Panel Presentation
Mariana Amatullo, Dave bailey

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Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland

March 31st, 2012

Exposed Symposium 2012: Crossing Over

The Spaces in Between: Design Research, Practice and Social Innovation Vectors
Mariana Amatullo, keynote and workshop lead

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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

March 22 - 24th, 2012

Safe Agua Peru Presentations

Open 2012: NCIIA’s Annual Conference
Team GiraDora: Alex Cabunoc and Jia A You,  Balde a Balde:  Kimberly Chow,  Faculty Advisors: Penny Herscovitch and Dan Gottlieb

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San Francisco, California

Safe Agua Peru will also be featured in a special exhibit at the HUB March 22, 6:30PM

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March 12 - 17th, 2012

Social Design Impact  Workshop in collaboration with the Fondo Estatal Indigena de Guadalajara

Sueños Indígenas, Diseño mínimo”
Taller Vertical 2012  Diseño Industrial

Lideres Academicos Series
Mariana Amatullo

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University Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Mexico

February 27th, 2012

Social Impact Design Summit

A one-day gathering focused on the future of socially responsible design made possible by the Lemelson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Surdna Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mariana Amatullo, invited participant

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The Rockefeller Foundation
NY, New York

October 26th, 2011

Herron School of Art and Design - Guest Lecture

Designing the Future We Want: Designmatters Case Studies
Mariana Amatullo

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Herron School of Art and Design
Indianapolis, Indiana

October 19th, 2011

Design, Social Innovation and Graduate Design Education

Panel Presentation
Mariana Amatullo, Anne Burdick, Jamer Hunt, Alan Chochinov

Introduction by – Manuel Toscano
Moderator – Cameron Tonkinwise
Special guest – Christopher Fabian

Presented by Design for Good, an AIGA initiative
Hosted by the US Fund for UNICEF

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U.S. Fund for UNICEF
New York City, NY

September 30th, 2011

Cumulus Conference Denver

Transforming Purpose into Action: Why Social Impact Design Matters
Mariana Amatullo

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Hyatt Regency Downtown
Denver, Colorado

September 12th, 2011

Transform Symposium 2011

Impacting Healthcare: Transformative Design Education
Mariana Amatullo, Greg Holderfield, Helen Walters, Tom Fisher

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Mayo Clinic: Center for Innovation
Rochester, Minnesota

September 6 - 9th, 2011

Socap Conference 2011

Things that Work: Amplifying Impact Through Effective Partnership
Mariana Amatullo, Rajesh Anandan, Erica Kochi, Robert Fabricant

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Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA

August 14 - 16th, 2011

Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change

Mariana Amatullo

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The Hotchkiss School
Lakeville, Connecticut

July 10 - 13th, 2011

Design Education for Sustainable Development and Social Innovation

Educational Track Session #5: Embedding Sustainability into Existing Curriculum
Mariana Amatullo

Part of the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

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CSU Long Beach
Long Beach, California

May 24th, 2011

Disaster Communication and Impacts

The National Academies Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters
Mariana Amatullo, Lucy Jones (Chief Scientist of U.S. Geological Survey), Javier Moreno & Barbara Andersen (Orfalea Foundations), and representative from the Emergency Preparedness and Response, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

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Beckman Center of the National Academies
Irvine, California

May 6 - 7th, 2011

IDSA 2011 Western Conference

Creating Shared Value: The Designer as a Catalyst for Social Change
Mariana Amatullo

IDSA 2011 Western Conference

Guest Speakers
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

April 28th, 2011

AFLA Presents: "Salon for New Voices"

Why Design Matters: Art Center at the Crossroads of Social Innovation
Mariana Amatullo

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Santa Monica Public Library
Santa Monica, California

April 20th, 2011

Include 2011 - The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen

“Safe Agua: Design to Overcome Water Poverty” Panel Presentation
Mariana Amatullo, Penny Herscovitch, Daniel Gottlieb, David Mocarski

Include 2011 Conference
Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Royal College or Art, London, UK

April 16 - 17th, 2011

Design Education in the Humanitarian Sphere: Designmatters Best Practices

Mariana Amatullo

GE/Innovate 2011
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Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

March 24 - 26th, 2011

Designmatters Case Studies: Design Education Methodologies as a Tool for Social Innovation

Mariana Amatullo, Liliana Becerra and Steven Montgomery
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Open 2011: NCIIA 15th Annual Conference
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Washington, DC

January 22nd, 2011

Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

Participatory Design Education and Societal Drivers: Designmatters Case Studies
Mariana Amatullo

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Los Angeles, California

4th Biennial of Design, Santiago, Chile

Mariana Amatullo

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Santiago, Chile

October 17 - 19th, 2010

Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change

Winterhouse Institute

Participants Bios
Case Studies
Read Symposium Report in Change Observer


October 4 - 6th, 2010

Social Capital Markets Conference 2010 (SOCAP10)

Formalizing Educational Strategies that Leverage Design

Mariana Amatullo with Jon Kolko, (Austin Center for Design), Erica Estrada (Standford d. School, and Dennis Littky (Big Picture).

Panel with 4 speakers, representing alternative educational models at various levels, present their views of the biggest challenges facing higher education, followed by workshop session.

Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA

September 8 - 11th, 2011

Cumulus Shanghai Conference 2010: Young Creators for Better City & Better Life

Tongji University, School of Design and Innovation, Shanghai
Cumulus 20th Anniversary Exhibition

Paper and Panel Presentations:
Penny Herscovitch, Daniel Gottlieb, David Mocarski, Mariana Amatullo, Stephanie Stalker (Art Center College of Design)
Andres Iriondo and Ignacio Gonzalez, (Un Techo Para Mi Pais)

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Shanghai, China

May 12th, 2010

Leading Change for Social Impact: Case Studies from Designmatters

By Mariana Amatullo

Parsons The new School for Design, New York, New York.
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May 6th, 2010

Sustainable Development Through Design

By Mariana Amatullo

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

April 27th, 2010

Design and Disaster Preparedness

By Mariana Amatullo

Pasadena City College, Geology Class

March 2nd, 2010

IMPROVING CANCER PREVENTION AND COMMUNICATION: Two Case Studies from the Portfolio of Designmatters

Esomar Global Healthcare 2010 Research Papers
By Mariana Amatullo and Elena Salij

Esomar Global Healthcare 2010: Trends and Innovation Booster, New York

Leading Change for Social Impact

Perspectives from Prominent Innovators
by Mariana Amatullo, Jonathan Greenblatt and Rhys Newman

December 14 - 15th, 2009

Safe Agua: A Case study for Social Innovation

Summit Innovación Tecnológica para la Base de la Pirámide, coorganized by Un Techo Para Chile and the Inter-American Developmental Bank (IADB)

Mariana Amatullo and Julian Ugarte, Centro Social de Innovacion, Un Techo Para Mi Pais, Santiago, Chile

November 10th, 2009

Aspen Design Summit

Participation by Mariana Amatullo, Aspen Design Summit 2009, Aspen, Colorado

October 24th, 2009

Designmatters at Art Center

Keynote presentation given by Mariana Amatullo and Elisa Ruffino at The Designers Accord Global Summit on Design Education and Sustainability , San Francisco

September 16th, 2009

Beyond Good Intentions: Design Making A Difference Presentation

Presentation by Elisa Ruffino at Art Center New York alumni event, hosted by Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design, New York City.


August 27th, 2009

Diseñando un Mundo Mejor:
Designmatters at Art Center College of Design

Seminario Diseño e Innovación Social Presentation on Designmatters by Mariana Amatullo by invitation of Un Techo Para Chile, in Santiago, Chile.


July 10th, 2009

Designmatters introduction of Project H Design Guest Lecture

Introduction given and event hosted by Elisa Ruffino, Art Center’s LA Times Auditorium.


June 30th, 2009

Design as a Catalyst for Change

Presentation given by Mariana Amatullo at “Big City Forum #5,”


June 8th, 2009

The Citizen Designer, Glass House Conversations

Participation by Mariana Amatullo,Phillip Johnson’s Glass House, New Canaan Connecticut.


May 28th, 2009

The Impact of Social, Demographic, and Technological Change on Industry and Education

Presentation given by Mariana Amatullo as part of a panel discussion led by Professor Jeremy Myerson. Cumulus Conference, London, Confronting Challenge with Change.


April 17th, 2009

Diseñando un mundo mejor: la propuesta de Designmatters, Art Center College of Design

Presentation by Mariana Amatullo, Quertaro, Mexico.

March 25th, 2009

Designing Interventions and Innovative Messages for a More Resilient Community

Presentation by Mariana Amatullo for “Natural Disasters” class led by Sue Perry, Staff Scientist, Multi-Hazard Demonstration Project for Southern California, United States Geological Survey, Pasadena City College, Pasadena.


March 1 - 9th, 2009

Images for Human Rights: Student Voices

Article written by Mariana Amatullo. A model design education and public outreach project.
Counseling Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 1,
Routledge, Taylor, and Francis

February 19th, 2009

Design for Social Impact: Designmatters at Art Center

Presentation given by Mariana Amatullo on  at the Pratt Institute Graduate I.D. Seminar led by Allan Chochinov.

January 22nd, 2009

Thinking About Earthquakes: A Panel Discussion

Presentation given by Mariana Amatullo, as part of a panel discussion on earthquake preparedness as part of the presitigious Aloud Series at the Los Angeles Central Public Library.


December 1st, 2008

Social Entrepreneurship Case Studies Through Design

Presentation by Mariana Amatullo on the Designmatters Initiative at Art Center College of Design, at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Society and Business Lab.


November 12th, 2008

Design Interventions in Earthquake Preparedness

Presentation on Designmatters at Art Center College of Design by Mariana Amatullo, at the Los Angeles International Earthquake Conference.


November 7th, 2008

Designmatters at Art Center College of Design

Presentation by Mariana Amatullo and Mark Breitenberg at Association of Independent Schools of Art and Design (AICAD) symposium on Artists and Designers as Agents for Change, Los Angeles.


November 7 - 8th, 2008

Designmatters at Art Center College of Design

Presentation by Elisa Ruffino at “A Better World By Design” on the panels, “Social Design in Academia” and “Graphic Design for Activism,” Providence, Rhode Island.


July 31st, 2008

Know How Talk at IDEO

Presenters: Mariana Amatullo, Erica Clark, and Richard Koshalek.
Presentation on International Initiatives and Designmatters at IDEO as part of the Know How Talks in Palo Alto.


March 1st, 2008

Design Education for International Engagement: Art Center College of Design

Presenters: Mariana Amatullo and Mark Breitenberg. Presentation at CUMULUS Kyoto 2008–International Educational Exchange Forum

October 17 - 20th, 2007

Designmatters at Art Center College of Design

Presenters: Mariana Amatullo and Mark Breitenberg.

Presentation at CONNECTING ’07 World Design Conference–Connecting to People and to Ideas hosted by the ICSID/ISDA World Design Congress in San Francisco.


April 1 - 4th, 2007

Designmatters: Shared Perspectives for Inclusive Communication Strategies and Global Engagement

Presenters: Mariana Amatullo, Erica Clark, and Ann Field.

A workshop presentation at Include 2007: designing with people, a biennial international design conference on inclusive design at the Royal College of Art, in London.


June 15 - 17th, 2007

Designmatters @ Art Center College of Design: Design Advocacy and Global Engagement

By Mariana Amatullo and Mark Breitenberg. Published as part of the Cumulus Working Papers, Nantes, and presented at the Ethics: Design, ethics, and humanism Cumulus conference in Nantes, France

May 5th, 2005

The Development of International PSAs and Break-through Messaging about Under-aged Alcohol Drinking

By Didra BrownTaylor, Mariana Amatullo, Elisa Ruffino, Laura Krech, and Maristela Monteiro, and presented at the Kettil Bruun Society 31st Annual Symposium, in Riverside, California

April 5th, 2005

Design as a Platform for Diplomacy: Designmatters @ Art Center College of Design

Presenters: Mariana Amatullo and Erica Clark. Presentation at Include 2005 hosted by the Royal College of Art, in London

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