This Autumn: 1-on-1 Career Coaching Program

Six months ago I decided to not return to the Editor-in-Chief position at Impact Design Hub. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially as I was returning to work from maternity leave. A secure, nicely paid contract position doing work on a topic that resonates deeply with me, surrounded by inspiring, intelligent and funny colleagues—why give that up?

Well, as I mentioned in this post, I was feeling disconnected from those working on the ground. Getting information on the how, who, what and why in this field is important. But it only gets people so far. I was yearning for a more interactive, transformative connection to practitioners–a way to put all the knowledge, resources and expertise I’d acquired to use.

So long story short, I’ve decided to focus on working directly with committed, passionate practitioners, beginning with you here at Design Affects.

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Now Available: Becoming a Social Impact Designer Resource Kit


Yesterday the “Becoming a Social Impact Designer Resource Kit” went out to everyone who asked for it. If you’re on my “Becoming a SIDer” list then double check your inbox (or click here to get the kit.)

Inside you will find:

  1. An illustrated journey on how I shifted practice from traditional architecture to social impact design, including funding information.
  2. 15 tried and tested tools that you can use today to improve your business acumen.
  3. 5 must-reads to challenge conventional practice.

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(For Serious Social Impact Designers) A Free Social Impact Design Business Kit

This morning I woke at 5.54am to the sound of my daughter babbling in her room. ‘Finally, making progress!’ I thought.

Sleep training an infant is hard work. If you’ve been there (and survived, and succeeded), I have the utmost respect for you. And if you haven’t, I am very envious and hope you relish every night of uninterrupted sleep (something everyone tells you to do before having kids but you never realize until you don’t have it anymore.)

Anyway, back to biz.

After coffee number two (or is it three?) of the day, I decided to check on the email and blog I sent two days ago about making a free thing. I shut my eyes when I clicked on the list number and to my surprise… Continue Reading

What’s Missing in Social Impact Design

[Note: I’m thinking about giving something away. For free. It’s going to take significant time to put together. Before I go crazy making this thing, I want to make sure you actually want it (so I don’t feel like an idiot.) More details at the bottom of the article.]

[Note #2: In case you’re wondering, this post is a follow up to this post. I try my best to respond to as many comments as possible, BTW!]

So in my second to last post, I said I’d write about…

that BIG REQUEST you’ve been asking for years now.

Funny enough, that request is EXACTLY what I was searching for five years ago when I decided to leave my full-time, comfortably paid role in an architecture firm and jump into full-time social impact design work.

That request is… [drumroll]…Continue Reading

I need your advice (please!)

[Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a followup to this (which garnered the quickest responses that I’ve ever received on this blog.) I try my best to respond to each and every response, BTW.]

Ok… I’m getting a LOT of responses from readers upset about that cliffhanger in my previous email and blog post. Even my mom sent me an infuriated emoticon when I wouldn’t reveal what I have up my sleeve.


Sorry about that. Perhaps waking up at 4am to feed our daughter is making me loopy!Continue Reading