Category Archives: Getting Started

Do you really focus on your value?

Do you really focus on your value?

“My time is valuable.”

We can all agree that our time is important to us.

Our time is worth money.

Our time is imprinted consciously or subconsciously with the principles we stand for in life.

Each of us wants to make the most of the time we have.

But do you know how you actually use your time?

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The 2 Perspectives You Need to Start a New Business

The 2 Perspectives You Need to Start a New Business

Today is a big milestone for me. Eighteen months ago I dropped my daughter off for her first full day with her childminder (home-based daycare for non-Brits.) She was six months old and I was filled with those new parent anticipations: nervous, desolate, excited, hopeful.

Not only was it a big day as a parent, it marked the beginning of a new journey in my career.

I was starting my new business to support unconventional designers craft their career paths and create businesses around their aspirations, talents, and visions for impact.

But it wasn’t going to be easy

You know the saying hindsight is 20-20? Well, this post is all about hindsight.

I’m going to give you a realistic perspective and mindset that I wish I had on February 17th, 2016.

Now, I do not expect you to take it ALL on board immediately. This is a post that you might want to bookmark and come back to.

And if you take just one insight today, I will be satisfied.

Because this is the most important thing you need to know

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6 Job Boards for Social Impact Design Jobs

Looking for a position with a socially-impactful organization? 

The following six job boards have been collected from my research and recommendations from fellow social impact design leaders.

The roles listed aren’t all going to be straightforward, traditional or familiar. Just like the way you approach your projects with creativity and curiosity, look beyond the position title and dig into the responsibilities, expectations, and company’s description and values. That’s where you’ll discover if it’s a role you want to pursue.Continue Reading

Ready for More Impactful Work? A Free Course for You

The end of November is a unique time to connect with family and friends and reflect on what matters most. Taking time to cook with loved ones, share a big Thanksgiving meal, and verbally recognize why you’re grateful is a grounding experience. It’s a 180-degree shift from days filled with emailing, commuting, cleaning, and checking Instagram.

This year we hosted Thanksgiving for a group of expats and Brits at our flat in East London. Being surrounded by old and new friends from a variety of backgrounds made me appreciate all that we as humans have in common.

We each took a moment to share what we were grateful for this year, and mine was time dedicated to exploring two new areas of life: becoming a parent and working on this new phase of Design Affects.

A resounding “yes!” for the new course

The same day we gathered together with friends for a Thanksgiving meal, I shared an idea for a course with you. In this post, I asked if you were interested and what you wanted to work on.Continue Reading

How to Define Your Path in Social Impact Design


Stefan Sagmeister querying the What Design Can Do audience on levels of happiness

This question continues to pop-up from people who are interested in working and participating in the field, yet there aren’t too many resources on how to do this. Part of the issue is social impact design doesn’t have the same structure and clear career path as other design professions like architecture and design. It’s nascent and this is both exciting and daunting.

Based on my nine years working within the field, here are a few pieces of advice on how to begin to define your own path.Continue Reading