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Geneva Vest joined the project
11 months, 1 week ago
Robert Calvey Accepted a new goal: Prototype 3 Concepts in Implementation Material
2 years, 8 months ago
Robert Calvey Accepted a new goal: Prototype 3 Concepts in DFA National Organizational Priorities
3 years, 1 month ago

Team 2 Exposition:

1 in 691 kids are born with Down Syndrome every year. For many parents of children with Down Syndrome, the hardest part of their journey is the day their child is diagnosed. Carebasket is a congratulatory gift bag for new parents of children born with Down Syndrome that aims to provide them support from their community in a new chapter of their lives. Carebasket includes a directory of local people, services, and support groups to help parents start building their own network. It also provides parents with a "congrats" instead of an "I'm sorry." Raising a child with Down Syndrome while maintaining a positive family dynamic requires a support system that extends beyond a family's front door. With the help of local and national organizations, Carebasket can come to fruition and help new and existing families in any community.

3 years, 4 months ago

Hey LS Teams!

Thank you so much to the 14 participants who joined our virtual call last night to go over some important information about the weekend! A few important notes are below. As always, continue posting questions to the forum and we will see you in two short weeks!

PROJECT PREP: The most important component of prep work is to secure a virtual interview to be conducted by your team on Friday, August 7th from 1-2pm CT. This will be during the "Immerse" step of the process and be critical for you to gain a deeper understanding of the project.

PROJECT TOPIC SENSITIVITY: A few important things to keep in mind as we work with this sensitive topic is to avoid labeling. We've learned that many people don't identify as having Down Syndrome. It's also important to focus on strengths of the user rather than challenges. When wanting to learn more about possible challenges, it's important to talk about a challenge you yourself has faced and then ask if that have faced similar struggles. We will talk more about this at LS but start looking into and be mindful as you reach out to users.

AGENDA: The latest agenda is under "Files" Get excited for the opening keynote, the fiesta, skill workshops, project + studio work, etc, etc! Note the career fair on Saturday where you'll be able to network and meet great companies and initiatives. We will post more details about the location as we get closer to the event!

MATERIALS: Please bring your computers for reflections, critiques and studio planning. For those staying in the hotel, it's about a 25 minute walk so comfortable shoes and an umbrella might be necessary.

LOFT: For those who have questions about how to use Loft please see its Help Guide! https://loft.io/guide/dfa/loft-help/

3 years, 4 months ago

Hi All!

Just a reminder that the Pre-LS call will be happening TOMORROW, JULY 23rd at 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT. One representative from each team is expected to attend. Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1e2wc0t

CALL LOGISTICS:
We're going to be hosting an Adobe Connect video conference.
Click this link to connect video: http://northwesternuniversity.adobeconnect.com/ls15/
Enter room with your name: Your Name_LS Team_Studio Name (ex. Rob C_3_Virginia Tech)
Call this number for audio: 847-752-0570
Please enable video cam.
We suggest log gin in a few minutes early if you can to get the tech set-up.

CALL AGENDA:
8-8:10 Introductions and background info.

8:10-8:25 Expectations around LS prep work.
- Tips on navigating this sensitive topic.
- Setting up virtual interviews.

8:25-8:40 Weekend logistics.
- Walking through the agenda for the weekend!

8:40-8:55 Q+A

8:55-9 Wrap up
- Plan to pass info along to team members

3 years, 4 months ago
Announcement by Stacy Klingbeil

Hi All!

Just a reminder that the Pre-LS call will be happening TOMORROW, JULY 23rd at 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT. One representative from each team is expected to attend. Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1e2wc0t

CALL LOGISTICS:
We're going to be hosting an Adobe Connect video conference.
Click this link to connect video: http://northwesternuniversity.adobeconnect.com/ls15/
Enter room with your name: Your Name_LS Team #_Studio Name (ex. Rob C_#3_Virginia Tech)
Call this number for audio: 847-752-0570
Please enable video cam.
We suggest log gin in a few minutes early if you can to get the tech set-up.

CALL AGENDA:
8-8:10 Introductions and background info.

8:10-8:25 Expectations around LS prep work.
- Tips on navigating this sensitive topic.
- Setting up virtual interviews.

8:25-8:40 Weekend logistics.
- Walking through the agenda for the weekend!

8:40-8:55 Q+A

8:55-9 Wrap up
- Plan to pass info along to team members

3 years, 4 months ago
Announcement by Stacy Klingbeil

Hey LS participants! My name is Stacy, and I'm from DFA National working to support you as you prep for the best four days of the summer. A few IMPORTANT REMINDERS as the event is quickly approaching:

GROUP CALL THURSDAY 7/23/2015 | 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT.
At least one person from each LS team should be there to share updates and ask any logistical questions about the upcoming event
RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/1e2wc0t

OTHER REMINDERS:

- All teams should be reaching out to perspective users and stakeholders to schedule an interview during LS. Each team should have 1-3 interviews scheduled! Logistical details can be found in the challenge packet.

- Share your research and process on the LOFT by next Wednesday, July 22nd. Each team is expected to post a "stand" or quick update on progress thus far. Read more about this update on DFA's Leadership Guide: https://loft.io/guide/dfa/dfa-leadership/stands/

- Ask questions! We know a lot of this may be new to you so please feel free to post any questions you have to the studio forum. https://loft.io/dfa-leadership-studio-2015/discuss/45/

We cannot wait to kick things off with you!
-Stacy

3 years, 5 months ago
Announcement by Stacy Klingbeil

Hey LS participants! My name is Stacy, and I'm from DFA National working to support you as you prep for the best four days of the summer. A few IMPORTANT REMINDERS as the event is quickly approaching:

GROUP CALL THURSDAY 7/23/2015 | 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT.
At least one person from each LS team should be there to share updates and ask any logistical questions about the upcoming event
RSVP Here: http://bit.ly/1e2wc0t

OTHER REMINDERS:

- All teams should be reaching out to perspective users and stakeholders to schedule an interview during LS. Each team should have 1-3 interviews scheduled! Logistical details can be found in the challenge packet.

- Share your research and process on the LOFT by next Wednesday, July 22nd. Each team is expected to post a "stand" or quick update on progress thus far. Read more about this update on DFA's Leadership Guide: https://loft.io/guide/dfa/dfa-leadership/stands/)

- Ask questions! We know a lot of this may be new to you so please feel free to post any questions you have to the studio forum (https://loft.io/dfa-leadership-studio-2015/discuss/45/). />
We cannot wait to kick things off with you!
-Stacy

3 years, 5 months ago
Matthew Harris Accepted a new goal: Product Ad Project Value Proposition in DFA: Leadership Guide
3 years, 6 months ago
Matt Easterday Approved a challenge: Deliverable (Lesson/Prototype) 3
3 years, 6 months ago
Matt Easterday Approved a challenge: Client midpoint evaluation
3 years, 6 months ago
Matt Easterday Approved a challenge: Agile: Sprint planning
3 years, 6 months ago
Matt Easterday Approved a challenge: Agile: Sprint retrospectives
3 years, 6 months ago
Matt Easterday Approved a challenge: Agile: Stands
3 years, 6 months ago
Matt Easterday Approved a challenge: Agile: Master story list
3 years, 6 months ago
Caroline Troncelliti Accepted a new goal: Agile: Sprint retrospectives in DFA: Leadership Guide
3 years, 6 months ago
Caroline Troncelliti Accepted a new goal: Agile: Sprint planning in DFA: Leadership Guide
3 years, 6 months ago
Caroline Troncelliti Accepted a new goal: Agile: Master story list in DFA: Leadership Guide
3 years, 6 months ago
Caroline Troncelliti Accepted a new goal: Agile: Stands in DFA: Leadership Guide
3 years, 6 months ago
Caroline Troncelliti Accepted a new goal: Technical spike: Service blueprint in DFA: Leadership Guide
3 years, 6 months ago

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Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. We teach human centered design to young adults as they work with community partners through extra-curricular, university-based, student-led design studios tackling national challenges in the areas of education, health, economy and environment. Founded as a small group of students and faculty at Northwestern University in 2009, as of spring 2014 we have grown to over 600 students among 21 college campuses across the US. We continue to expand every year pursuing the mission of creating a pipeline of leaders of innovation and impact through the implementation of DFA projects. We are generously supported by Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, the Segal Design Institute, and our sponsors.

Link to call: https://bluejeans.com/702678364 Link to notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rm7gGXftt79tPxp869Eun67dvUqlPSJf8ofesH9XC-Q/edit Link to prework responses: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wi0yCHR8iM9dtuvEni1lrxjkgvFDAO3PhLXRB_9GQuE/edit#gid=1039521846&vpid=A2
Link to call: https://bluejeans.com/702678364 Link to call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yHLDfLnNEf1h_baVPK2ErqLFgYqmcKYF0laAVE_dsoE/edit
Call link: https://northwesternuniversity.adobeconnect.com/_a826375917/r2xod96z9wt/ Call the conference number: 847-752-0570 Call notes: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vMTsCLjQI2B_hHCMrZxlDeY9k5fvorOsKMONw7D4j8c
Link to call: https://bluejeans.com/702678364 Link to call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZIMmaY9LxbRiJ1kHw5nUd2fm_BYPJuA1VdrhxQhfMLs/edit
Link to our call: https://bluejeans.com/702678364/
Please post your studio's update to our cohort's Loft page by Thursday, Oct. 8th at 12pmPT|2pmCT|3pmET. Check out the google doc under FILES for notes during the call. If you'd like to answer the question or add your thoughts to the topic being said, keep the doc open and feel free to type as well!
Please post your answers to the questions here! - What has been your studio's high in the last few weeks? - What has been your studio's low in the last few weeks? - What will your studio achieve between now and the next call? - What is one question for the cohort as you move forward to achieve this goal? CC will post the call notes throughout the call on this page!
Our first cohort call dedicated to connecting the network and sharing stories and best practices!
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We have 3 different prototypes that you can find in the files tab. We are looking for feedback on the intuitiveness of the designs, if the designs reach our stated goals, and how we should test the designs with users!
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