What does it mean to "design opportunities for impact"? Designer, educator, and urbanist Liz Ogbu sits down with Eric to explain her work at Studio O and provide a practical list of best practices for you to design for social impact in a community.
Andrew Shea joins Eric from New York to discuss how his background in philosophy and politics led him to a career as a designer, author, and educator making positive social impact and inspiring others. Andrew is the author of the book "Designing for Social Change," runs the studio MANY, and... read more →
Shana Dressler joins Eric to share her journey from filmmaker and journalist to designer, educator, and social entrepreneur. She discusses how her Social Good Startup workshops and consulting help future social entrepreneurs not only earn a living but at the same time change the world.
Enter In February of 2015, Re-nourish, a 501(c)3, launched a new and exciting project called Onward Radio. The podcast is dedicated to discussing and promoting socially conscious design. Eric Benson dissects the intersection of social, sustainable and service design with experts from across the globe in 25-35 minutes - your commute to work... read more →
Co-founder of the Seattle-based sustainable design branding studio Modern Species, Gage Mitchell joins Eric to share why he wanted to open his own design studio and how to operate one with the triple bottom line at top of mind.
Educator, graphic designer, author, and entrepreneur Scott Boylston joins Eric to share how a cold winter drive from Manhattan down to Georgia to sell surfing t-shirts changed his life and eventually launched Emergent Structures – a non-profit dedicated to reducing the land-filling of building materials and transforming the public’s perception... read more →
Designer and Project M founder John Bielenberg visits Onward Radio to share how keeping physically active helps him focus, why he got kicked out of art school, and how small bets can build toward making the world a better place.
Portuguese designer Joana Casaca Lemos discusses how the communication designer can build a sustainable design network, convey and respect a community's values, and create real social impact using her work with global food systems as an example.
Ever heard of a SEP IRA? What is magic about the number 2.5 in terms of saving money? Certified financial planner Lauren Lyons Cole joins Eric to discuss strategies for design freelancers to be more sustainable financially month-month and into retirement. Learn more about Lauren at www.laurenlyonscole.com "Whiskey on the... read more →
This past spring 2014 semester I joined forces with two other design educators from vastly different teaching institutions than my own to test the most effective way to teach sustainable design to the millennial generation. Yvette Perullo (Newbury College), Brooke Scherer (University of Tampa), and myself (University of Illinois) took... read more →