D3 lands in Minneapolis!

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To quickly introduce, we are Emily and Beau, the new design interns for D3 at People Serving People! We’re so excited to be a part of the larger D3 family and facilitators for D3 at PSP, an organization we already feel really connected to. Emily (blonde) has a degree in graphic design, background in freelance design and works in a public school district facilitating a low-income after school program and a service learning program. Beau (brown) has a degree in architecture and is affiliated with various Minneapolis design groups and has a background mentoring and working with college students. We believe we have a good yin-yang and hope to bring the same balance to our D3 teen group!
This week, D3 has officially launched at People Serving People! With outstanding attendance of 10 eager teens, Kim and Danny helped us wrap our heads around what D3 sessions are all about. We harnessed as much of the teen’s energy to give an interactive D3 introduction using a large scaled ‘Dream It, Design It, Do It’ map and also allowed the teens to discuss their own respect clauses, rules and consequences. PSP teens are so vibrant and unique, so of course their consequences follow suit: if you act inappropriately, you must sing a verse of a song chosen by a facilitator. We’ve already had a few songbirds at our first couple sessions!
Our first project will be PSPieces, a project designed to add a large-scale visual art installation to a well-deserved space here at PSP. The teens took to every inch of the building through the perspective of The Good, Bad and The Ugly activity. We discovered a huge need for improvement in the stairwell, the phone room and the lobby. The teens began to grasp the project scope a bit more, so we went back to the most deserving spaces and dug deeper: took measurements, pictures, videos, drew blueprints and scale drawings. Our traveling D3 cart has already proved to be a great mobile station for storage and a flat work area. Helping us identify the potential for change in each space, we created problem statements on-the-go in each space and will dive into brainstorming design ideas next week!
Stay tuned! 
Emily + Beau

Categories: dream it, people serving people


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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