OUR MISSION

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.

OUR TEAM

2016 COMMITTEE



CALLIE
CLAYTON

RISD, 2017

Logistics



CAMERON
ABSHER

RISD, 2019

Community Engagement



CAROLINE
TURNER

Brown, 2018

Co-Chair



CLARE
JESSEY

RISD, 2018

Finance



CYRUS
MADEN

Brown, 2018

PR



DANIELA
LONGORIA

RISD, 2017

Logistics



EITAN
BOIARSKY

Brown, 2019

Finance



EVAN
BOYD

Brown, 2018

Content



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



MAYA
OMORI

Brown, 2019

Content



NOAH
BRAENDEL

Brown, 2018

Finance



PHOEBE
GALLO

Brown, 2017

Community Engagement



RAINA
WELLMAN

RISD, 2019

Content



TARYN
OSHIRO-WACHI

RISD, 2017

Branding



TERI
MINOGUE

Brown, 2018

Finance



ZOË
ENE

RISD, 2017

Community Engagement

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.



ISABELLA
GIANCARLO

BWxD,
2012 – 2013



ISAAC
BLACKENSMITH

BWxD,
2010, 2012



JOANNA
ZHANG

BWxD,
2011 – 2012



KATHARINE
LI

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



YAN
LIANG

BWxD,
2010

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