• Teaching and Publications

    Central to the mission of Parsons DESIS Lab is the education of a new generation of transdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners of design-led social innovation. DESIS Lab members envision such education in three distinct ways:

    1. Education is not restricted to the classroom; so students spend time working on projects in real-world contexts and learning directly from people in the settings where social innovations take place; 
    2. The education offered emerges in terms of dialog between design and the social sciences (sociology, economics), the applied or professional social sciences (business management, nonprofit management, media studies, international affairs) and the humanities (philosophy, political theory and political science, anthropology, history); 
    3. Students often work on projects that don’t fit into the traditional domains of government, market, and civil society reaching across disciplinary and institutional borders, sharing resources to develop solutions for broad or context-specific application.

    Parsons’ DESIS Lab serves as a resource for courses offered in the School of Design Strategies and in other divisions of The New School.