Past Events

Media Impact Focus: Design Thinking Philanthropy

Following our first Media Impact Forum in January and our most recent Media Impact Forum at the Ford Foundation we went back to the West Coast for our first Media Impact Focus: Design Thinking Philanthropy. This convening was generously supported by Microsoft.

Read the Storify from the day.

At the at Stanford University we learned about how philanthropy can embrace the process of designing for social change and heard from practitioners and funder peers about their efforts to bring experimentation, innovation, testing, iteration and scale to their philanthropic work in media, technology and social innovation.


Vince Stehle / Executive Director, Media Impact Funders
Emily Pilloton / Founder and Executive Director, Project H Design
Nadia Roumani / Fellow (2012-13)
Justin Ferrell / Fellowships Director
Marc Smolowitz / Director and Producer, The Power of Two
Kim Spencer / Senior Programming Executive, KCETLink
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James Bettinger / Director, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford
David Rousseau / Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Jessamyn Lau / Program Leader, Peery Foundation
Heather Fleming / Founder and CEO, Catapult Design
Erin Polgreen / Program Strategist, Philanthropic Investments, Voqal
Steve Goldbloom / Innovation and Business Development Manager, ITVS
Emily Goligoski / Product + Design Researcher, Open Badges Project, Mozilla Foundation
Christie George / Director, New Media Ventures
John Cary / Executive Director, Autodesk Impact Design Foundation