Hello!

Who we are:

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone in order to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale.

Committee of 2019:

Co-Chairs:


Erica
Silver

RISD 2020


Tristan
Harris

Brown 2020


Tina
Yang

Brown 2020

Content:


Emilia K
Mann

Brown|RISD 2021


Sammy
Randall

Brown 2020


Cherilyn
Tan

Brown 2021


Niyoshi
Parekh

Brown 2022

Community Engagement:


Sylvia
Atwood

Brown 2022


Rhythm
Rastogi

Brown 2022


Ella
Harris

Brown 2022

 

Development:


Xinru
Li

Brown 2022


Isabel
Scanlon

Brown 2021

 

Operations and Sustainability


Aishwarya
Bagaria

RISD 2021

 

Graphics and Branding:


Sophia
Meng

Brown 2020


Christie
Zhong

RISD 2021

 

Public Relations:


Briana
Das

Brown 2021


Megan
Kasselberg

Brown 2020


Malery
Nguyen

Brown 2021

 

Social Events:


Arjun
Shah

RISD 2021


Grace
Wilkins

Brown 2020

 

Web:


Claire
Chen

Brown 2020


Christine
Wang

Brown 2021

 

Our history:

In 2008, Sharon Langevin (Brown ’09), Steve Daniels (Brown ’09), Tino Chow (RISD ’09) and Mike Eng (RISD ’09) founded Better World by Design to merge their fields and solve social problems from a holistic perspective. Over the years, Better World by Design has expanded its reach while fostering a close partnership between Brown, RISD, and the Providence community.

Our alumni:

Our alums have gone off to do amazing things in amazing places. Our previous leaders and pioneers are listed below. If we’re lucky, we’ll even get to catch up with them at our conference.


Callie Clayton , Caroline Turner , Clare Jessey , Daniela Longoria , Eitan Boiarsky , Indhu Solayappan , JD Tan, Lucie Fleming, Maddie Forbes , Mandi Cai , Maria Russo , May Kodama , Phoebe Gallo , Taryn Oshiro-Wachi , Zoë Ene , Isabella Giancarlo, Isaac Blackensmith , Joanna Zhang, Katharine Li, Lily Matthews, Mark Towill, Matt Severson, Mike Eng, Minsoo Thigpen, Raaj Parekh, Sharon Langevin, Sophia Yang, Steve Daniels, Tim Dingman, Tino Chow, Veronica Clarkson, Willem Van Lancker, Yan Liang

Past conference themes:

2017

2016

2015

Access

2014

Wayfinding

2013

Pause & Effect

 

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