The Residency was inspired and informed by the existing strength of the Change Design sector and leading practitioners across the world. Here are a few resources that provide examples of collaboration, learning, and related thinking.


Decolonising Design

DesignMatters Fellowship

Design Justice Network

Forum for the Future

GovLab Academy

NESTA States of Change

Open Government Partnership

Public Policy Lab Fellowship

Systems Changers

Systems Sanctuary

UNDP Accelerator Labs

Spaces & Platforms

Dark Matter Labs & Impact Hub Network

Decide Madrid

DesignMatters, ArtCenter College of Design

DESIS Network

Design Gigs for Good


Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation & Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California Berkeley

Lankelly Chase

Maryland Institute College of Art - Social Design

Parsons, The New School of Art & Design - Transdisciplinary Design


Service Design Unit

Open Universities

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

The Auckland Co-design Lab

The Center for Complexity

The Point People

The Young Foundation

Articles & Books

Building the Civic Design Field in New York City - Camilla Buchanan, Mariana Amatullo, Eduardo Staszowski

Beyond Human-Centered Design, to? - Cassie Robinson

Transformation Design - Design Council

Strategic Design for Public Purpose - Dan Hill

Accelerator Labs: The Challenge of Engaging the Mothership - Giulio Quaggiotto, Alexandru Oprunenco, and Bas Leurs

10 Provocations for the next 10 years of social innovation - Indy Johar

The Fifth Discipline - Peter Senge

Emerging Practices: Designing in Complexity | Embedding Designers in Public Sector Innovation Teams - Mariana Amatullo and Jennifer Grey

Humanity at Work A Mondragon Case Study - Dr. Mary Hodgson, The Young Foundation

Problem Framing Expertise in Public and Social Innovation - Mieke van derBijl-Brouwe

Designers Evolving Role in Government - Mollie Ruskin and Jessica Teal

Before the Backlash, Let’s Redefine User Centered Design - Panthea Lee

How to Support Designers transitioning into the Social Sector - Sarah Fathallah

We recognize that this is a limited list and that there is so much more out there to celebrate. We’ve been building a much broader global list, focusing in particular on networks and voices that do this work but may not advertise it as such or promote it far beyond their community. We are actively speaking with people to learn more, so please reach out ( if you’d like to talk. We’d love to hear from you.