For nonprofits interested in better serving others via creative means — specifically for those aiming to address issues of poverty from a family-centered approach — Studio C
is accepting applications now through Feb. 20.
Studio C is a 12-week project incubator for nonprofits and community organizations that are looking to “spend more time than usual getting acquainted with a problem, studying it and checking it with the community,” says Design Impact
’s Sarah Corlett, who is a co-facilitator for the program.
Check out the takeaways of some of Studio C's past participants below:
For Mike Baker, United Way
’s director of community impact, it’s a way for organizations to pair up with others who approach problems differently and ultimately find a way to move their ideas forward.
“The impact we are most proud of is when we see organizations shift their culture to be more human-centered,” Baker says. “They change from approaching opportunities with a mindset of ‘What do we know?’ to a mindset of ‘What can we learn?’”
United Way, which is funding the initiative, partnered with Design Impact — they're providing the curriculum for the 12 weeks of discussions, workshops, coaching and hands-on activities.
“We believe there are unproven — but potentially transformational ideas — and we have a responsibility for supporting the creation, development and implementation of these ideas,” Baker says. “We are particularly interested in the role that human-centered design can play in helping nonprofits and community organizations more intimately understand the aspirations, strengths and challenges of the people they are trying to help.”
• Are you a nonprofit interested in a family-centered approach to alleviating poverty? If so, apply
for Studio C's spring session by Feb. 20.
• Curious about the Studio C curriculum? Learn more here
• Questions or comments? Don't hesitate to reach out to share your ideas or concerns. Contact
those who are part of Studio C today.