Who We Are

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates the interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone so that it may 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. These events culminate in an annual two-day conference that brings together designers, curators, scientists, makers, academics and students to inspire further conversation.

Our Story

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.

Past Conferences

2018 Tension 2015 Access 2012
2017 Blocks, Bytes, and Bars 2014 Wayfinding 2011
2016 Interplay 2013 Pause & Effect 2010

Alumni

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Erica Silver Katherine Chavez Evan Boyd Caroline Turner Paulina Tarrant Anna Plumlee Hannah Bebbington
Tristan Harris Kathleen Chai Maya Omori Indhu Solayappan Andres Chang Sage Green Sage Green
Tina Yang Javi Syquia Cameron Absher Maria Russo Solveig Xia Paulina Tarrant Peter Aranha
Emilia K Mann Nick Tomlin Noah Braendel Evan Boyd William Klein Tenzin Lama Isabella Giancarlo
Sammy Randall Emilia Mann Cyrus Maden Maya Omori Caroline Turner Pierie Korosto Allison Wong
Cherilyn Tan Emilio Vides-Curnen Teri Minogue Raina Wellman Cole Moore Anna Zeidman Sophi Diaz
Niyos Parekh Francesca Gallo Raina Wellman Maddie Forbes Rebecca Barron Paul Bird Patchi Drano
Sylvia Atwood Tina Yang Tina Yang Taryn Oshiro-Wachi Ingrid Lange Habiba Sugich Pierie Korosto
Rhythm Rastogi Arjun Shah Kana Hamamoto May Kodama Madeline Forbes Katherine James Alex Hadik
Ella Harris Anzia Anderson Dylan Morrissey Callie Clayton Maria Russo Andres Chang Anna Plumlee
Xinru Li Tristan Harris Carmen Zheng Cameron Absher Indhu Solayappan Prithika Mohan Jeff Conti
Isabel Scanlon Rachel Risoleo Kendra Xu Phoebe Gallo Haily Tran Omar Nema Jia Lee
Jonathan Katz Briana Das Michelle Devlin Zoë Ene Emma Funk Cecilia Bodin Keela Potter
Aishwarya Bagaria Erica Silver Nick Tomlin Daniela Longoria Cecilia Bodin Emma Funk Teshia Treuhaft
Stella Li Sammy Randall Curtis Stiles Juanda Tan (JD) Saad Moosajee Kevin Cadena Ho Jun Yang
Sophia Meng Lorraine Li Joseph Chen Cyrus Maden John Filmanowicz Rachel Haberstroh Catherine Hebson
Christie Zhong Niya Sun Wen Zhuang Lucie Fleming Minsoo Thigpen Jordan Beard
Briana Das Xuefei Yang Javier Syquia Mandi Cai Rachel Montoya Cole Moore
Megan Kasselberg Cecilia Berriz Natasha O. Figueiredo Eitan Boiarsky Tenzin Lama John Filmanowicz
Malery Nguyen Natasha O. Figueiredo Kathleen Chai Clare Jessey Zoë Chinonso Ene
Arjun Shah Elaine Lu Katherine Chavez Noah Braendel
Grace Wilkins Ruthie Ashinne Elaine Lu Teri Minogue
Lauren Milan Rausaw Reet Agrawal Brian Oppenheim
Claire Chen
Christine Wang
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Hannah Bebbington Daniel Goldberg Mark Towill Andrea Jones Tino Chow
Alexandria Sheng Raaj Parekh Sophia Yang Frieda Kay Steve Daniels
Sophie Soloway Dan Rejto René Woo-Ram Lee Andrea Krukowski Sharon Langevin
Joanna Zhang Brett Anders Giles Holt Seungkyun Lee Mike Eng
Daniel Goldberg Ben Meyers Eli Scheer Eugene Nelson Arthur Harsuvanakit
Kaitlyn Schoeck Veronica Clarkson Gabriela Baiter Ambika Roos Andrea Jones
Arisa Lohmeier Joanna Zhang Maya Sikand Matt Severson Winston Mi
Isabella Giancarlo Yan Liang Sim Joyce Tu Deborah Vacs
Alex Hadik Lily Mathews Willem Van Lancker Renwick
Anna Plumlee Isaac Blackensmith Yasmine Yu
Allison Wong Tim Dingman
Andreas Nichbolas Sophie Soloway
Tabitha Yong
Beth Soucy
Erin Jones
Katherine Li