Recognizing powerful ideas

A lack of support is often the biggest challenge preventing new and creative solutions from becoming a reality.

Even the best and most creative social design concepts fall flat at the implementation stage, and in many cases the imagined outcome is far greater than the actual impact. Design Ignites Change encourages positive and meaningful change by providing established and emerging designers the resources to produce successful social design projects.

The current award we are offering is the Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award, which offers support for professional designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite change in their community.

Past awards have included: the Educator Grant which supported college and university faculty that incorporated the implementation of a social impact design project into their curriculum; and the Student Innovation Awards, which provided recognition to college students for their exceptional work in support of positive social change.

View our past award winners here.

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