Design Thinking for Social Impact: Creating Impactful Change in Houston, TX

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Join Grace Wickerson, Rice Student Association President, as they discuss how everyone can play a local role to address social problems.

In 2016, the United Nations released the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to be doing their part: governments, the private sector, civil society, and people like you. And you don’t have to go too far to see that these broad goals for solving the world’s problems can be worked on right here in Houston, Texas. How can we apply the process of design thinking to fostering social impact? This workshop will engage students in learning and actively applying the design thinking process, a methodology that draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning to develop user-focused solutions, to address social problems.

Target Audience: High-School + College-Age focus but can apply to any age!

About the Speaker

Grace is a current senior at Rice University. They are majoring in Materials Science and Nanoengineering, and are interested in the intersection of scientific research, specifically in organic electronics, and social impact work. They are a nationally recognized youth activist, founding the non-profit organization Kickin’ Violence at the age of sixteen which has impacted over 90,000 lives and raised $1.2 million for survivors of interpersonal violence. Grace is originally from Englewood, Florida, and considers Houston to be a second home.


Oct 26 2019


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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1301 Fannin St. Suite 2440, Houston, TX 77002
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