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.

What we do:

During the year, we facilitate workshops, panels, and discussions that engage in and promote design. Our year builds up to an annual 3-day conference on Brown and RISD’s campus, that reinvigorates these ideas and inspires us to continue these conversations.

BWxD and sustainability:

Better World by Design strongly believes in designing an experience that supports our vision of an environmentally sustainable world. Using community and environmental impact as methods for decision-making, we work with local businesses and nonprofits to provide flavorful food and renewably sourced energy.

Committee of 2017:


Brian
Oppenheim

Brown, 2020

C.E.


Cameron
Absher

RISD, 2019

Co-Chair


Carmen
Zheng

Brown, 2019

Social Events


Curtis
Stiles

Brown, 2019

Content


Cyrus
Maden

Brown, 2018

PR


Dylan
Morrissey

Brown, 2018

Social Events


Elaine
Lu

RISD, 2019

C.E.


Evan
Boyd

Brown, 2018

Co-Chair


Javier
Syquia

Brown-RISD, 2021

Finance


Joseph
Chen

Brown, 2020

Content


Kana
Hamamoto

Brown, 2018

Operations


Katherine
Chavez

Brown, 2019

C.E.


Kathleen
Chai

Brown, 2020

Finance


Kendra
Xu

RISD, 2018

Graphics


Maya
Omori

Brown, 2019

Co-Chair


Michelle
Devlin

RISD, 2018

Graphics


Natasha
Orlando Figueiredo

Brown, 2019

Finance


Nicholas
Tomlin

Brown, 2019

Web


Noah
Braendel

Brown, 2018

PR


Raina
Wellman

RISD, 2019

Content


Teri
Minogue

Brown, 2018

PR


Tina
Yang

Brown, 2020

Sustainability


Wen
Zhuang

RISD, 2018

Content

 

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. Scroll below to see leaders and pioneers in every profession we can imagine. If we’re lucky, we’ll even get to catch up with them at our conference.

Past committee members:


Callie
Clayton

RISD, 2017

Logistics


Caroline
Turner

Brown, 2018

Co-Chair


Clare
Jessey

RISD, 2018

Finance


Daniela
Longoria

RISD, 2017

Logistics


Eitan
Boiarsky

Brown, 2019

Finance


Indhu
Solayappan

RISD, 2017

Co-Chair


JD
Tan

Brown, 2019

Logistics


Lucie
Fleming

Brown, 2017

PR


Maddie
Forbes

Brown, 2018

Content


Mandi
Cai

Brown, 2017

PR


Maria
Russo

Brown, 2018

Co-Chair


May
Kodama

RISD, 2017

Branding


Phoebe
Gallo

Brown, 2017

C.E.


Taryn
Oshiro-Wachi

RISD, 2017

Branding


Zoë
Ene

RISD, 2017

C.E.


Isabella
Giancarlo

BWxD,
2012 – 2013


Isaac
Blackensmith

BWxD,
2010, 2012


Joanna
Zhang

BWxD,
2011 – 2012


Katharine
Lie

BWxD,
2012


Lily
Matthews

BWxD,
2010


Mark
Towill

BWxD,
2010


Matt
Severson

BWxD,
2009 – 2010


Mike
Eng

BWxD,
All years


Minsoo
Thigpen

BWxD,
2015


Raaj
Parekh

BWxD,
2011 – 2012


Sharon
Langevin

BWxD,
All years


Sophia
Yang

BWxD,
2010


Steve
Daniels

BWxD,
All years


Tim
Dingman

BWxD,
2010


Tino
Chow

BWxD,
All years


Veronica
Clarkson

BWxD,
2011


Willem
Van Lancker

BWxD,
2009-2010


Yan
Liang

BWxD,
2010

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