We love venturing out of the office and checking out cool events. And this year we want you to come with us. This October, we’re sponsoring AIGA’s social value and design conference, Gain. At Gain you’ll hear design, business and social innovation leaders, from a variety of industries, share their visionary approaches to creating social value. If you’re in the design industry, this is one not to miss!
Even better? We’re giving away two complimentary conference passes (valued at $1050 each) on us!
Event: Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference
Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Dates: October 9-10, 2012
Ideal for: Designers
Value: $1050 per ticket!
Interested? In the comments below, tell us why you want to attend Gain by midnight October 1st PST. From all entries, our Marketing Team will select the two best answers and notify the winners by midnight October 2nd PST.
UPDATED: Congrats to the two winners selected by our Marketing team, Samantha Baker and Heather Charles!
Next up, we’ll be at Salon International in London from October 13-15 and we’ll be giving away 10 free tickets. Stay tuned for more details…
I want to attend Gain because I want to get an answer to a bold question. How can I use design to solve real world problems and save lives? Attending Gain would help marry my passions for both design and social innovation and inspire me to think bigger and act bolder… despite my self-described, semi-introverted ways. Wink.
Two days ago I was laid off from a MN for-profit college, for which I worked hard, and successfully so, for quality education in the arts for over six years. So I bought a ticket to San Francisco for much of the month of October, to sort out just how I reinvent myself using the tools in my wheelhouse. I want to find a way to affect the work world for artists in a truly positive way. It was a bit random. It was a bit fool hearty. But it happened, and right after my last day, the moos-letter let me know that the planet is round. I’d like to attend Gain, because I think the universe may telling me to.
I’m a volunteer board member for an excellent northern California symphonic orchestra that is managing to keep its head above water in a challenging economic environment for arts organizations. We’re in need of a major re-branding, and I’m eager to expose our marketing staff to a broader horizon and deeper range of possibilities. After 21 years as music director our maestro has retired and we are in the process of auditioning the 5 finalists (out of 240 applicants from all around the globe!) who are vying for the podium beginning with the 2013-14 season. This significant change provides an exciting opportunity to completely overhaul our image, including all marketing and development materials and online presence, to communicate the vision and fresh programming of the new maestro. I hope you will be interested in supporting a non-profit organization. Thanks for the invitation!
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One of the things that always comes up in our AIGA meetings is how to create a better relationship between designers and the community. The idea of doing more pro bono work often comes up. I’d love to attend Gain to better understand how to create and nourish this relationship.
Where do designers like Katie Salen get the idea to start The Institute of Play (an elementary school based around the philosophy that kids learn best through play) and what kind of tools would be ideal to make that happen. Grants? Fundraisers? Community Donations?
in this day and age where web 2.0 and successful non profits seem to go hand in hand (G00D comes to mind) designers have a lot to offer those involved in community organizations.
I’d also like to understand what areas of society needs design the most and the best ways to reach out to them. Education? Environmental Impact? Organic food awareness? Public transit awareness? Or is social change best achieved when integrated into commercial design projects?
I hope gain can answer some of these questions and help me learn today’s best practices when it comes to merging positive social impact and design and help me impact my community.
It is extremely important to me to love what I do and who I work for, which is why I chose to work for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as an in-house graphic designer. NOLS is a non-profit educational institution that sends students on extended wilderness expeditions. I have had the great pleasure of being a student on a NOLS Baja Sea Kayaking course this past Spring and have been amazed by the transformative process that happens on and after a NOLS course. The self-awareness, leadership skills, and environmental ethics I received on the course helped me to come back home a better fiance, daughter, sister, friend, employee, and a more thoughtful and conscious world citizen. Although our courses are life-changing, the design we create isn’t always up to the caliber that NOLS deserves. I would love to attend the Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference because I could provide benefit to NOLS (and myself!) by bringing perspective on how the role of design can more effectively aid the organization. I haven’t attended an AIGA Design Conference before and know that I would benefit from attending a conference hosted by the authority on design excellence. NOLS believes that positive, ethical leaders change the world. I believe that NOLS is the best at creating those leaders and with the aid of effective design, the NOLS experience can reach more people and change the world for the better.
I would love to attend this event. I run a developmental cycling team for young cyclists trying to be come professional and combining design, photography, and social media has granted us mush more exposure than we could have imagined. An opportunity like this could help reshape our identity.
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