ABOUT US

Daring To
Design The Future Today

We are on a mission to make the world work for 100% of humanity by investing in underfunded humans in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math & Design

Diversity Raises The Bar
Deep Dive In To Our Diverse DNA 

Designed By Us™

Designed By Us™ is on a mission to make the world work for 100% of humanity by reimagining and reinventing life-long public education with open source Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Design (S.T.E.A.M.D.) curriculum, programs, studios, platforms and professional networks.

World renowned Latina designer, Joanna Peña-Bickley founded Designed By Us™ as public benefit corporation and Peña Philanthropy Partners, a non-for-profit organization along with Rebecca Bickley-Clayton, Rachel Bickley, Thomas Bickley and Leah Bickley in order to increase the number of women, girls and fierce femme allies in the global workforce with 21st Century S.T.E.A.M.D. skills to reinvent and reconstruct systems of civic engagement and economic empowerment. 

Designed By Us™ has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and is aligned to The World Economic Forum's Stragic Intelligence and Reskilling Revolution.

The Design By Us™ Design Corps aims to build the worlds largest purpose-driven pipeline of inventors, designers, engineers and leaders with 21st century S.T.E.A.M.D. skills and network of sponsors by 2050. This non-partisan, participatory public service design and civic technology practice designs solutions to ecological, economic, and social challenges across the globe.  Every member of the Design Corps pledges to seek a deeper understanding of the human brain, creativity and motivation in order to create inventions that matter for their commnuties and the world. Implicit the Design Corps oath is a commitment and understanding that there is absolutely no purpose in building systems, companies or products that are a detriment to our planet and collective humanity. 

The Studio Experience

The Designed By Us Studio Experience are made real by an ecosystem of partners, studios, platforms, programs and curriculum. Each orchestrated to create an immersive, safe space where women and girls can obtain critical 21st century S.T.E.A.M.D. skills coupled with sponsorship from distinguished professionals that  help members gain employability, financial independence and sponsorship into leadership roles around the world. DesignedByUS.org endeavors to introduce a lateral network of virtual and physical S.T.E.A.M.D. Studio locations in impoverished and underfunded communities across the globe. The S.T.E.A.M.D. virtual and physical studios will be architected to offer one-of-a-kind leadership development experiences for womxn and girls.

In 2021 Designed By Us will launch Virtual Studios via web, mobile and virtual reality platforms designed to accelerate learning and offer one-of-a-kind S.T.E.A.M.D. leadership development experiences for womxn and girls.

In 2021, Designed by Us will launch a network of connected Studio Locations that will act as the built home of the Design Corps members.

The Designed By Us Studio Programs are public service design and civic technology deployments. Design Corps members to use studio program frameworks to solve systemic problems with in constraints of now. The Designed By Us Studio Programs promote an agile, interdisciplinary research culture that unites diverse areas of interest, inquiry and problem solving. Each Studio Program is design to grow and evolve out of the Studio as new business models, spinoff companies, as exhibitions, media and performances, as S.T.E.A.M.D. talent transfer to member companies, and, perhaps most importantly, as the basis for continued exploration for others, both within The Studio and all over the world. Studio programs help women and girls take the lead—in their own lives, communities and in the world. 

Inspired by the principles of Bauhaus, influenced by the systems design of Richard Buckminster Fuller and the UX Urban Design of Jane Jacobs, Studio Programs focus on solving humanity’s most challenging problems, today. Each Studio Program deployment acts as transformative learning experience and exploration that begins with ground breaking research and design techniques that employ imaginative narratives as visions of the future, speculative experimentation and design that probes the viability of building many worlds linked by the collective liberation, ecological and economic sustainability.  

Designed By Us™ FutureSkills Curriculum introduces and encourages Design Corps members to explore several themes, including, human-computer interaction, visual, voice, gesture and sensory interface coding and design, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and robotics, tangible media, material science and 3D printing, space exploration and Astropreneurship, civic systems, public service and policy, communications, learning, design, and entrepreneurship. 

Working with an ecosystem public and private sector partners, companies, and brands we create 21st century curriculum that provides people with the opportunities to develop their fullest potential throughout life, regardless of their starting points. No matter where you are in life – schooling years, early career, mid-career or silver years – Design Corps members will find a variety of resources to help them attain mastery of skills. Skills mastery is more than having the right paper qualifications and being good at what you do currently; it is a mindset of continually striving towards greater learning and excellence. Our unique approach to Studio Program frameworks and FutureSkills curriculum is a focus on the Human and our relationship to the Spaceship Earth. 

 

Accelerating Inclusion & Diversity in the global workforce.

Against a backdrop of advanced technologies from the physical, digital and biological worlds that are combing to create inventions at a speed and scale unparalleled in human history, a new, inclusive design leader and set of practices have emerged. In our multiconceptual, multicutural world, the design discplines of recruiting, research, writing, creative, voice, sound, art, accessibility, producers, user experience, graphic, interaction, industrial, fashion, interior design, architecture, data and social science, design tech and virtual reality design and engineering are being transformed for an entirely new reality. To ensure that new reality is a more equitable one, Designed By Us aims to instruct, enlighten, incubate, impact, honor, celebrate and secure the legacy of underrepresented talent in S.T.E.A.M.D.

The Problem
At the nascent stages of an industrial revolution we are facing social, economic and ecological inequality and injustice. These problems exist because there are hierarchical, siloed, systemic barriers that disenfranchise underrepresented and under invested in communities from participating in the solutions that will shape the next 100 years of life on spaceship earth and in our cosmos. 

The Opportunity
DesignedByUs.org is leveraging this industrial revolution, a transformation and reinvention of business, economics and society, as an opportunity to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without economic, ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.

Collective Wisdom
A Boston Consulting Group study found that companies with more diverse leadership teams have 19% higher revenues due to innovation. This finding is significant for governments, academia, industries and humanity where innovation is the key to sustainable growth. 22 similar studies demonstrate that diversity is not just a metric to be strived for; it is actually an integral part of a successful revenue-generating advancement.

Diverse perspectives foster innovation. Diverse teams perform better, and innovate faster. Diversity helps design market making leaders that improves culture and attracts better talent. Diversity in the business environment is about more than gender, race and ethnicity. It now includes humans with diverse religious and political beliefs, education, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, cultures and disabilities.

Simply Put:  Diversity Raises The F*cking Bar  - Cindy Gallop
 

Representation Matters

Today, humans who identify as LatinX, Black, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, Filipino, Indian, Asian, Women, Disabled, Aging and Veterans are blocked from full and equitable economic, ecological and civic participation. This problem exists because each of these communities and their leaders are often, hidden or written out of history, or lacking the resources and access to the publics consciousness. We believe the time has come to write a new inclusive chapter in human history. This chapter begins with optimism, bold ideas and an unrelaenting bias for action that moves people from cynicism and apathy to combatting systemic bias, discrimination and injustice with audacious hope and fearless fervor.

Designed By Us seeks to eliminate these systemic design problems by funding, enlightening, celebrating and securing the participation and legacy of underrepresented communities in all S.T.E.A.M.D. fields. Doing this stands as accessible acts of inspiration that give people purpose and permission to make their dreams a reality. 

 

Design Principles

Our open source, scalable operating model uses inclusive Design Principles every day, whether we're discussing ideas, studio programs for new projects or deciding on the best approach to solving a problem. 

Discover The Dream
Inspire people to dream big and act with conviction to solve problems within the constraints of now. 
 
Build Superhuman Skills 
Develop and redevelop people's hard and soft skills with vocational and professional Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design curriculum and training.
 
Illuminate Paths 
Clear, carve, document and share discrete paths to success through radical collaboration and open source innovation.
 
Sponsor Progress
Equally, advocate, back, underwrite growth with monetary and social sponsorship into positions of power to effect change we want to see.

Inspire Action
Appealing to the value of human life on earth and in the universe, inspire people to enlist, volunteer, donate and act with high judgement, scientific objectivity and creative ingenuity.

 

     Discover An Emerging 
     Ecosystem Of Diversity

     + Women Who Design
     + Blacks Who Design 
     + LatinXs Who Design
     + LGBTQ+ Who Design
     + Filipinos Who Design
     + Indians Who Design
     + Decolonizing Design
     + Design Justice
     + Critical Craft Forum

Bot & Studio Masterclass
$49.00

This bot & voice design masterclass takes you through the 101 of Bot & Voice Design to accelerates your ability to create bot applications and voice skills on multiple platforms like Facebook Messenger, SMS, Web and Amazon's Alexa.

Stay In Our Infinite Loop

Plug in, turn on and tune in to our community
of a audacious designers, creators and makers.

DonateDamit

When you make a donation, you are supporting the Studio Programs, Scholarships and The Design Corps, a diverse community of changemakers who deliver design, engineering & creative solutions that make the world work for 100% of humanity. 

Design Corps Network
Enlist In The Design Corps
Designer's Code Of Ethics
*Distinguished Designer Program
*Design Apprentice Program
*Open Source Curriculum
*The Design Union


+ Women Who Design
Blacks Who Design 
+ LatinXs Who Design
+ LGBTQ+ Who Design
Filipinos Who Design
Indians Who Design
+ Decolonizing Design
+ Design Justice
+ Critical Craft Forum

Organize With Us
*Build A Studio
*Volunteer In A Studio

*Start A Studio Program
Fund A Studio Program
*Partner with us

Make Money With Us
Studio Store
Studio Store on Etsy

*Community Capital Program
*Community Benefit Platform


*This site is in a beta period until December 2020. An astrics grey text represents pages that are works in progress.
Please check back for updates in 2020. 

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