"I've always believed that design is at its best when it serves society. I believe in its power not only to create an effect on people but also to affect people and communities profoundly," says Vanessa Eckstein RGD, Founder of Blok. "We want to turn a sharper lens on this important area of design, to elevate its platform and expand its audience, both in Canada and internationally, and to catalyze a deeper conversation about what 'social good' truly means, where our responsibilities lie and the challenges we face."
In addition to the printed catalogue, physical award and travelling exhibit produced in past years, the 2015 SoGood program will include a launch event in cities across Canada as part of RGD's Future By Design webcast series. The event will feature panelists Hannah Kreiswirth (Purpose), Marc O'Brien (Design Educator/Creative Facilitator) and Jason Ulaszek (UX For Good) discussing how design can be used to craft solutions for social problems and accelerate widespread change. Future By Design: The Future of Human-Centred Design will take place on the evening of May 5 in cities across Canada.
Details on additional opportunities for SoGood winners, including an informal award ceremony and Workshop to take place at the 2015 DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto this November, will be released soon.
Entries will be accepted beginning in April. For more information on the 2015 So(cial) Good Design Awards, click here.