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.) professional networks, platforms, studios, programs and curriculum.
World renowned 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 womxn, girls and fierce femme allies in the global workforce with S.T.E.A.M.D. skills to reconstruct and reinvent 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 is a purpose-driven, laternal network of 2,500+ S.T.E.A.M.D. students, educators and professional members. The Design Corps acts as a non-partisan, participatory public service design and civic technology practice that places emphasis on the “triple bottom line” of exceptionally designed solutions to ecological, economic, and social challenges across the world. The Design Corps links underfunded and impoverished communities to FutureSkills curriculum, training and economic empowerment through designing solutions to systemic problems facing the world. 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 the world. Implicit in that 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 Design Corps aims to enlist and enable 10 million people with access to internet connectivity, S.T.E.A.M.D. curriculum, training, including workshops and apprenticeship programs and a repository of open source courses and network of sponsors by 2030. By doing this Design By Us aims to reskill and lift people out of poverty and improve their quality of life by positioning them for sustainable growth at the nascent stages of a new industrial revolution.
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 womxn and girls can obtain critical 21st century S.T.E.A.M.D. skills coupled with sponsorship from distinguished professionals that help them 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clear, carve, document and share discrete paths to success through radical collaboration and open source innovation.
Equally, advocate, back, underwrite growth with monetary and social sponsorship into positions of power to effect change we want to see.
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.
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.
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