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

Getting Personal… And FINALLY Doing What You Told Me to Do

Most months I send out stories and insights on social impact design.

Well, today is a bit different.

I want to pull back the curtain a little bit and share something more personal.

Here we go.Continue Reading

What Can I Do With My Life? 3 Activities to Help Answer This Question in Just 2 Hours


Open your arms wide. As wide as they can go. Now imagine a thousand paths shooting out from your core in 180+ degrees. Where do they lead? What do they mean to you? How do you choose just one?

Five months ago, I stood with my arms wide open imagining all these paths as career opportunities. Entering the work world after five months on maternity leave, the possibilities for what to do next felt endless. Find a position in an organization that shares my values. Continue to work for myself. Go back to my old position. Change career focus altogether. Be a stay-at home mom (that lasted all of 2 seconds). And on and on. Being in a position to have dozens of options comes with huge freedom but also a lot of bewilderment and overwhelm.Continue Reading

Questions on Social Impact Design

Think back to when you first discovered social impact design. Your head buzzed with excitement. You enthusiastically told your friends, family and anyone with a willing ear about this new area of work you want to dedicate yourself to. You Googled (or even dug through the–gasp!–library records) to research people, projects, theory, and history on it. You read magazines, books, blogs, anything you could get your hands on about it.

But that just whet your appetite.Continue Reading