These guests are principle presenters with firm commitments in the course calendar

ERIKA GREGORY, President Collective Invention

FIONA HOVENDEN, Vice President for Research, Collective Invention

ANDREW ELLIS, Research & Dynamic Media, Collective Invention



THANASSIS RIKAKIS, Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology; Head of IDEATE Network

TERRY IRWIN, Head, CMU School of Design.  She will present her erxcellent talk on resiiency and sustainability. Here is her PDF: Terry Irwin Resilience ppt.


JUSTINE CASSELL, director, Human Computer Interaction Institute.


These guests will be contacted as-needed as the course evolves or as resources to project-specific student teams

ROBIN SHOOP, Director, CMU Robotics Academy

DREW DAVIDSON, director, Entertainment Technology Center and editor, ETC Press

JANE WERNER, executive director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

CATHY LEWIS-LONG, co-founder, The Sprout Fund

CMU ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY CENTER, Just looking at their cool projects on their web site one can see lots of cross-sector stimulation.

SCOTT INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY INNOVATION? This is a significant initiative for designing the future. But there already are myriad CMU research centers
in this space:


HUSTLE DEN  Important new startup incubator (like The Hub in SF and other cities).

BILL STRICKLAND, Founder MANCHESTER BIDWELL, High profile arts, technology and career training network for at risk youth:

DORIS WELLS-PAPANECK, Founder, DesignLearning Network

DAWN DANBY, Autodesk Sustainability Design Program Manager

ED FEIGENBAUM, Head, Stanford Computer Science Department and Intelligent Systems Lab

BRUCE HANINGTON, Design & Policy for Humanitarian Impact? Should we have Hanington lead a discussion on Day 11: DESIGN FOR IMPACT? Should we give his course syllabus as a reading? It is a very good overview of the field.

DAVE MAWHINNEY, Executive Director of Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship;  Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship Tepper School of Business, CMU ;  Managing DIrector, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Project Olympus:                                                                                

Also see SolePower project that came out of Project Olympus and TechShop in
PGH and has exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal:

MARSHA LOVETT, Director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation, CMU

GREGG BEHR, Grable Foundation, Kids+Creativity, RemakeLearning:

DAVID RUPPERSBURGER,  joint director for strategic economic initiatives for
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. He is also
liaison to the city’s PowerUp Pittsburgh initiative, aimed at creating more
technology- and innovation-related jobs.
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Links from DAVID RUPPERSBURGER to four other good connections:

– DOUG HUECK – a local journalist and publisher of  Doug has a very good historica perspective and isn’t shy about sharing his views.  And a good speaker I am told.

– RICH FITZGERALD, County Executive – CMU alum and “third most powerful politician in Pennsylvania”.  Politics aside, Rich is bright and seems like a straight shooter in terms of what role local government can and cannot play in shaping the future.

– BILL FLANNIGAN – long time journalist and executive at the Allegheny Conference.  Bill also has a great historical perspective and works for the organization that has been at the forefront of a number of big regional initiatives.

– CHRIS BRIEM, economist, U. Pittsburgh. Chris is a numbers guy, but also has a “vision” of his own regarding Pittsburgh’s future.

– MATTHEW EASTERDAY, Assistant Professor School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University.  Here are the projects he is working on in the space of technology for the new civics – producing scientifically supported educational technology to create informed and engaged citizens who can solvethe serious policy problems facing our society such as poverty, global warming and militarism.

His projects are all excellent reference points in this space:

1. The Loft.  This is an online platform for design education (especially on real world and community-based projects) that focuses on scaffolding the design process and crowd-critique from peers, mentors and stakeholders.

2. Policy analysis — I’m working with a Marvin Cohen in Social Policy on an undergraduate class on social policy, which focuses on how values affect what we do in the public sphere and the types of interventions we can take. I’m working with Marvin to teach this class as a design process which ncludes writing policy briefs and op-eds.  It will also integrate policy world and some other games/tutors we’re working o. It may or may not be taught this summer (which affects when the materials will be ready).

3. Digital Design for social change — this is an undergrad class that focuses on taking a political issue and creating a persuasive, web-based presentation that tries to educate and engage.

4. Design for America (started by Liz Gerber) which teaches undergrads to use design to solve community problems.
I can imagine  you using the Loft as the online platform for your course as well as stealing/customizing some of the materials from these other courses.
Your course sounds directly in line with the kinds of thing’s were interested in doing (and I’d love to steal your materials as well!)

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