SXgood Stories: Cities + Health
Tuesday, March 15
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Palm Door on Sixth
508 E 6th St
SXgood Stories are a series of short talks featuring leading social impact innovators. The Cities + Health Stories explores the connection between the built environment and public health. Speakers will reveal how our urban environments affect patterns of addiction, obesity and much more.
The accompanying SXgood Lab (immediately following the Stories session at the SXgood Hub) will allow participants the opportunity to explore the topic in-depth.
This event is part of the SXgood Hub, a creative content venue that is curated and produced by SXSW Eco. Learn more and see the Hub’s full schedule of events here.
Thomas Jefferson University
MFA Design For Social Innovation SVA NYC
Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and the founder of the design lab CommonWise. She is a business strategist and communication desi...Show the rest
Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and the founder of the design lab CommonWise. She is a business strategist and communication designer who has founded two companies and taught creativity to leaders and organizations around the world. helped grow Cheryl received the prestigious AIGA medal for her contribution to the field of design in 2014.
She is the former Board Chair and current Advisor to PopTech, a Senior Fellow at the Babson Social Innovation Lab and the Lewis Institute, on the Innovation Advisory Board for the Lumina Foundation, and serves as an advisor to DataKind. She has written for many publications on the subject of social innovation design and creativity. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $12 million to designers working for the public good. She also advised Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum on the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%.”Hide the rest
The Kresge Foundation
David D. Fukuzawa, managing director of Kresge's Health Program and currently interim managing director of its Human Services Program, has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, with a s...Show the rest
David D. Fukuzawa, managing director of Kresge's Health Program and currently interim managing director of its Human Services Program, has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, with a special focus on vulnerable children and youth.
His experience as a youth worker and community organizer in Detroit and Chicago taught him that health and well-being are profoundly affected by the condition of the communities, schools and environment in which people live. Those lessons inform the efforts he has led to re-envision and redesign Kresge’s approach to health grantmaking.
David joined Kresge in 2000 and has served as a program officer and senior program officer. In 2002, he helped develop the Special Opportunities Initiative. The initiative focused on building the capacity of high-impact organizations that reached underserved populations, but were uncompetitive in the foundation’s historic bricks-and-mortar challenge program. He then managed the initiative.
He was a program officer at The Skillman Foundation in Detroit from 1990 to 1999. At Skillman, David focused on child and youth health. He was responsible for a major initiative to address the lack of safe and accessible out-of-school opportunities for Detroit youth, a major factor in the city’s high incidence of violence, delinquency, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. He also helped develop Michigan’s first statewide childhood immunization registry.
Before his career in philanthropy, David served as director of human needs at New Detroit, Inc. (NDI), where he was responsible for policy analysis and development, particularly in the areas of welfare reform and health care reform. He drafted NDI’s policy statement for health care reform and was NDI’s liaison to the Michigan Legislature regarding liability/tort reform and its effect on physicians in Detroit. He also administered a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which established the first school-based health centers in the Detroit Public Schools.
David moved to Detroit in 1981, fresh from seminary, to work with youth on the streets, where he learned firsthand about the roots of urban drug-related violence. That experience directly informed a booklet, which he co-wrote while at NDI titled Drug Free Neighborhoods: How we can do it. The Michigan Substance Abuse and Traffic Safety Information Center reprinted the booklet in 1993 with a new title, Creating Drug Free Neighborhoods in Michigan: How we can do it.
A Yale University graduate, David also holds a master of divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a master of science in administration degree from Central Michigan University. He has published articles about urban issues and population health, including “Achieving Healthy Communities through Community-centered Health Systems” in the Winter 2013 edition of National Civic Review.Hide the rest
David van der Leer
Van Alen Institute
David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, develops projects that explore the nuanced relationship between the built environment and the human being. Under his leadership, Van Al...Show the rest
David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute, develops projects that explore the nuanced relationship between the built environment and the human being. Under his leadership, Van Alen focuses on the ways our minds and bodies are impacted by the cities we live in, and how we in turn impact the environment.
A highlight is Ecologies of Addiction, a multi-year investigation into the ways digital technologies can shed light on the complex relationship between the city and addictive behaviors; it is currently in its first phase in London.
Since arriving at the Institute in 2013, David has created a period of strategic growth with a new programming hub in the Flatiron district, and new models for connections between the Institute’s interdisciplinary design competitions, research, and public programs. In close collaboration with a vibrant new team and board, David is working to bring Van Alen’s work to places around the U.S. and beyond.
David regularly speaks at universities and conferences, and in 2014, he was selected for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 40 Under 40 list of leading land use professionals. At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, David served as Associate Curator, Architecture and Urban Studies, and the initiator for and Curator of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile urban think tank, community center, and public gathering space. The lab traveled from New York to Berlin and Mumbai to improve urban life through design and research collaborations between professionals and enthusiastic urbanites. Among David’s other urban projects for the Guggenheim was stillspotting nyc, which took the museum out into the streets by encouraging New Yorkers to find moments of stillness around the five boroughs. In addition, he was co-curator for the American Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, and for the 2011 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, he curated an exhibition on new towns.
Center for Active Design
Joanna Frank is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Active Design. Prior to launching the Center, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York, where her positions included Director of A...Show the rest
Joanna Frank is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Active Design. Prior to launching the Center, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Ms. Frank was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria. Ms. Frank is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee [National].Hide the rest