Barbara Brown Wilson discusses the power of design education to address social justice

The Curry Stone Design Prize features podcast with Barbara Brown Wilson

Can Design Education Promote Social Justice?

Hosted by the Curry Stone Design Prize, Barbara Brown Wilson, Assistant Professor of Urban + Environmental Planning, tackles this question on their podcast series, Social Design Insights. 

In Episode 71 - Teaching Design, Teaching Leadership, Barbara Brown Wilson discusses the Design Futures Student Leadership forum and how it seeks to train tomorrow's leaders of public interest design.


The Curry Stone Design Prize honors innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. Projects may provide shelter and clean water or address humanitarian crises impacted by environmental or climate change. The Prize acknowledges work that is considered emerging in the professional and public consciousness. The Curry Stone Design Prize defines design broadly. They include architectural, urban, landscape, product, and graphic design, as well as projects that incorporate design thinking. They believe that design has always been concerned with the built environment and the place of people within it, but that its application has too often limited its impact to narrow segments of society. 

In honor of their 10th anniversary, The Curry Stone Design Prize has assembled a group of 100 of the most compelling social design practitioners of the last decade for a project called The Social Design Circle.  These are practices which have captivated and inspired over the years.  The Social Design Circle represents a global community of visionaries, activists and game changers. Each Circle member receives an honorarium and an award.

In addition, a limited number of Circle members have been invited to participate in a new podcast Social Design Insights. Hosted by Eric Cesal and Emiliano Gandolfi, the weekly podcast will tackle the toughest questions facing social designers.

Congratulations to Barbara Brown Wilson for her continued leadership in social design and social justice.