Design for Equity | Conscious NYC
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19 October, 2020

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Design for Equity | Conscious NYC | CCF 2020 | Monday October 19th-22nd

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Equity is not a solitary field - it is a bloodline that cuts deep into the fabric of every industry and interaction. In this year's festival, we hope to explore how we can improve equity across 3 environments: educational, healthcare, and public spaces. To kick us off, we will have mayoral candidates present pressing issues and ideas for a more equitable NYC. Each day, we aim to have a series of 10-15 minute TED style talks given by local, multidisciplinary, experts focusing on equity in each environment. Our experts will range across all industries and professions that touch the urban fabric - from scientists, to policy and governance, to community experts, to local practitioners, to urban innovators and architects, and more. Sprinkled between talks will be performances and showcases by local artists directly impacted by inequitable structures and systems. At the end of each day, CCF local NYC viewers will be invited to join our panel of interdisciplinary experts to co-imagine equity centered environments. It is our hope that this festival will spark a longer lasting project and lead to systemic reform.

 

NYC Mayoral Candidates: Issues and Solutions in Equity | October 19 | 1:30 to 3pm | Tickets (here)

In this event, each participating candidate will answer the questions:

What do you believe are the largest impediments to equity in NYC?

How would you make a more equitable and inclusive NYC?

Through these simple questions, we aim to identify major issues, showcase all candidates, and brainstorm collaborative solutions.

Tuesday, October 20th | Designing for Equity | Conscious NYC

Creating Equitable Education Spaces | October 20 | 1:30 to 3pm  | 6:00- 6:15pm | Tickets (here)

Series of Talks - Creating Equitable Education Spaces | 1:30 to 3:00pm

Round Table Discussion - Creating Equitable Education Spaces | 5:00 to 6:15pm

On the second day of the NYC event series of the 2020 Conscious Cities Festival, multi-disciplinary experts will explore how we can foster equity in education.

During the first part of the day, each speaker will give a short TED style talk addressing:

How can we foster equity and inclusion in education and educational spaces?

In the afternoon, attendees will be invited to join the speakers in a round table discussion to ideate how we can increase equity and inclusion within education. From this discussion, we hope to better illuminate issues, create collaborative solutions, and spark a community for long lasting reform.

Creating Equitable Wellness Spaces | October 21 | 1:30 to 3pm  | 6:00- 6:15pm | Tickets (here)

Series of Talks - Creating Equitable Wellness Spaces | 1:30 to 3:00pm

Round Table Discussion - Fostering Equitable Wellness| 5:00 to 6:15pm

On the second day of the NYC event series of the 2020 Conscious Cities Festival, multi-disciplinary experts will explore how we can foster equity in wellness and healthcare.

During the first part of the day, each speaker will give a short TED style talk addressing:

How can we foster equity and inclusion in wellness and healthcare spaces?

In the afternoon, attendees will be invited to join the speakers in a round table discussion to ideate how we can increase equity and inclusion within wellness and healthcare. From this discussion, we hope to better illuminate issues, create collaborative solutions, and spark a community for long lasting reform.

Creating Equitable Public Spaces | October 22 | 1:30 to 3pm  | 6:00- 6:15pm | Tickets (here)

Series of Talks - Creating Equitable Public Spaces | 1:30 to 3:00pm

Round Table Discussion - Creating Equitable Public Spaces | 5:00 to 6:15pm

On the second day of the NYC event series of the 2020 Conscious Cities Festival, multi-disciplinary experts will explore how we can foster equity in communities and public places.

During the first part of the day, each speaker will give a short TED style talk addressing:

How can we foster equity and inclusion in communities and public spaces?

In the afternoon, attendees will be invited to join the speakers in a round table discussion to ideate how we can increase equity and inclusion within communities and public spaces. From this discussion, we hope to better illuminate issues, create collaborative solutions, and spark a community for long lasting reform.

Deputy Division Director of Operations- Behavioral Health at The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Takeesha White has over 10 years of progressive experience, in public health education and mental health promotion and service delivery in national and international settings.

Takeesha has been an active participant in improving partnerships within the five boroughs to ensure health equity and healthier environments while naming racism as a root cause for poor health outcomes. She was also a leader in the design and strategic development of Mental Health By Design and the Founding Director of Friendship Benches NYC a non-traditional approach to closing treatment gaps by employing Peers as community mental health workers to deliver counseling at the neighborhood level. Ms. White led community connectivity and digital strategies for mental health promotion for Thrive NYC and behavioral health strategy development at the Center for Health Equity.

Senior Director of Programs & Projects at Project for Public Spaces

Nidhi Gulati is the Senior Director of Programs & Projects at Project for Public Spaces, where she manages multiple programs with a variety of services designed for impact and a team of seasoned Placemakers. Nidhi is a trained architect, urban researcher, and social impact professional who first joined Project for Public Spaces in 2013 as an Associate. In that role, she managed more than 10 projects throughout the United States and abroad, while also making significant contributions to many others. Ingrained in all her work is a commitment to better serve the most vulnerable populations in our cities and towns, including women and children. She is a proud immigrant, lover of trains, and persistent pedestrian everywhere she goes.

Founder and Chief Scientist at Sapien Labs
Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Madura Microfinance

Tara Thiagarajan is the founder and chief scientist of Sapien Labs, a research organization enabling large-scale global collaboration to understand the diversity of brain dynamics across humanity. Her research focuses on new analytical approaches to brain signals to drive understanding of how environment influences human brain diversity and, in turn, economic outcome. She is also the founder, chairman and managing director of Madura Microfinance. She has founded and built companies in India that are focused on bringing cutting-edge analytics to enable more efficient rural inclusion, including Teach70 and SciSphere.  She earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis University and a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management

Founder and CEO DC Design

Durell Coleman is the namesake founder and CEO of DC Design. He has worked to redesign aspects of the foster care system, develop new approaches to criminal justice reform, reimagine healthcare service models, create apps that connect communities, and develop new 21st century educational models for youth and adults. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school). 

As an educator, Durell regularly lectures on social impact design, innovation, and leadership at Stanford University. He has taught design thinking to refugees designing solutions to challenges in refugee camps, school leaders seeking to redesign the culture of their schools, and corporate executives from Sony, Oracle, and Santander. He is an expert in Multi-Stakeholder Human-Centered Design; creator and Director of Design the Future, an award winning STEM program run in collaboration with top universities that teaches high school students to design products for individuals with physical disabilities; and recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service as a result of his work.

Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory
Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University
Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award. She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards.

Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early education, language, playful learning and spatial development has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, and the Institute of Education Sciences resulting in 13 books and over 200 publications. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society for “individuals whose research has exhibited sustained excellence and had sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community” and was elected a fellow of AERA. She was an Associate Editor of Child Development, and is the Past President and past treasurer of the International Association for Infant Studies. Her book, Einstein Never used Flashcards won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003. Her newest book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science tells us about raising successful children (2016) was on the NYTimes Best Seller List in both education and parenting.

Kathy has a strong interest in bridging the gap between research and application. To that end, she was an investigator on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care, is on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Museums in San Francisco and Boston, and Jumpstart, Disney Junior and Noggin (Nickelodeon). She worked on the language and literacy team for the development of the California Preschool Curriculum, is on the Core Team for the LEGO Research Network, a member of the Steering Committee of the Latin American School for Educational and Cognitive Neuroscience and is on the advisory board for the National Center on Early Child Development, that advises Head Start. She was also a founder of the prestigious Learning Sciences Exchange Fellowship, an interdisciplinary program for mid-career scholars. founder and organizer of the Ultimate Block Party (ultimateblockparty.com) and a founder of Playful Learning Landscapes (playfullearninglandscapes.com). Kathy has been a spokesperson on early childhood development for national media like the NYTimes and NPR. She tweets at KathyandRo1.

Environmental Psychologist and Architect

Nélida Quintero, Ph.D. is an environmental psychologist and licensed architect based in New York.  She is an American Psychological Association NGO Representative at the United Nations, member of the NGO Committee on Ageing/NY Executive Committee and the Habitat Civil Society Working Group as well as Fellow of The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health.

She has taught at various academic institutions including Hunter College, Parsons School of Design (Certificate Program), and as Assistant-in-Instruction at Princeton University, and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her research interests are broadly focused on the interactions between people, behavior and the physical environment, in particular in relationship to health, well-being, culture, new media and gender. She was co-chair of Psychology Day at the United Nations in 2019 and of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons in 2016.

Social Impact Consultant

Laura partners with social-minded actors across the philanthropy, social enterprise, and nonprofit sectors to help clarify and evaluate social impact. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Laura led the evaluation and learning efforts for Johnson & Johnson’s global health-focused corporate social responsibility portfolio. Laura holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University, and began her career focused on public health evaluation and data analysis with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Laura's work supports efforts to promote wellbeing for people who have been marginalized both in the U.S. and abroad.