Hi <<First Name>>,

This past week I had the privilege of participating at a residency where I spent my time off zoom and digging into questions around care-based labor practices, power dynamics, and the history of physical work spaces. 

Some fundamental questions began to arise: 
  • How are we organized structurally, conceptually, financially?
  • How is shared ambition named, determined, and cultivated?
  • What trust networks are available to us in the workplace?
While I'm in the early stages of untangling these questions, they are applicable in any group setting: for Studio Leads to consider with their teams, Mentors in the classroom, Alumni with their projects.

What questions of work, organizing, and trust are you playing with this fall?

Alden + The DFA National Team
Designing For Social Impact

Steelcase and DFA teamed up to support the career-readiness and professional development of social changemakers through “Future of Work: Encouraging Social Intraprenuers”  projects, added to the DFA Challenge Library

Read more about the partnership! 
Social Innovation Lab

Register for the Social Innovation Lab's newest problem space, Equity in Education. The program explores how we might reimagine student support systems during the pivotal transition to higher education or a career path. 

This program is for teams or individuals in school (preschool through post-secondary education) and team and individuals from orgs supporting students and education. 
DFAer's Together Again!
After a year and a half of virtual gatherings, DFAers are back in person and gearing up for their new projects. Thanks to DFA CWRU|CIA for sharing their first studio meeting photo with us!
DFA Office Hours
Every Friday, 10-4PM CT | Sept 1-June 15 except holidays

Anyone in the network is invited to schedule one-on-one meeting time with the DFA National Studio Support Team! Whenever you want to discuss projects, troubleshoot roadblocks, or work out leadership challenges, we're here for you. Set up a meeting through Calendly, with GloryRoss, or Katie

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
Nikil Saval

You mean this place we go to five days a week has a historyCubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work—our work—gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is—and what it might become.
DFA's model equips students with design thinking and innovation to tackle social challenges on campus and beyond.

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