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26 Father Greg Boyle on Reducing Gang Violence through Radical Kinship at Homeboy Industries

For the past thirty years, Father Greg Boyle has made it his mission to heal those afflicted by the epidemic of gang violence. As the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehab and reentry program in the world, Father Greg has been instrumental in turning the tide on violent crime in Los Angeles and beyond. The secret to his success begins with reframing the question typically posed by well-meaning social servants. Instead of asking “how can we serve gang members?”...


25 RISD President Rosanne Somerson on the Next Iteration of Creative Education

Rosanne Somerson is an internationally exhibited furniture designer and President of Rhode Island School of Design. Somerson, a RISD alum, sees her parallel roles as a leader and practitioner as complementary parts of her life’s work, which she says began when she was a young girl charged with describing the world to her blind grandfather and “opening doors for people to see things differently.” Somerson, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, initially set out to pursue a career in...


24 Jeff Goodby on Creating Mass Intimacy through Artful Advertising

Jeff Goodby is an advertising legend, whose humanity and humility have propelled him to the peak of a profession not necessarily known for either. Imagine an ad man as clever and visionary as Don Draper, minus the chain-smoking and cynicism and you start to get a sense of the scope of Jeff’s influence in the advertising industry. As a founder of Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, Jeff has been the driving force behind some of the most groundbreaking campaigns and indelible taglines in recent...


23 Rebeca Méndez on dissolving boundaries and connecting with our animal nature

Rebeca Mendez is an artist, designer, educator and ArtCenter alumna whose creative practice defies the bounds of traditional disciplines or descriptions. Her pioneering career in graphic design has been widely recognized. Most recently, her work was featured in shows at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal for her transformative work in academia and design. Mendez is also a celebrated fine...


22 Mariana Prieto on Designing for Wildlife

Mariana Prieto is a social impact designer whose work has been a catalyst for positive change across the developing world. A 2012 Product Design graduate from ArtCenter, she has, in a very short period of time, built a remarkable career addressing the needs of underserved populations. Through her work with and as design innovation lead for the International Rescue Committee, she led teams working on a range of challenges, from the Ebola crisis in West Africa to refugee resettlement...


21 Ari Montanez on Realizing his NBA Dreams through Design

Fall 2018 Product Design graduate Ari Montanez spent much of his young life equipping himself with the skills and stamina necessary to succeed in a highly competitive arena – ideally one called Madison Square Garden or Staples Center. Indeed, this is a man who wanted to follow his hero, LeBron James, straight into the NBA. But when it became apparent his hoop dreams might be slightly out of reach, Ari pivoted, with the agility of a gifted point guard, to pursue a parallel career as an...


20 James Hollis on the Psyche, Uncertainty and Uncovering Creativity

Dr. James Hollis is an accomplished Jungian Analyst and highly-regarded author who has published fifteen published books and over fifty articles throughout the course of his career. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jung Society in Washington D.C. James co-founded the Philadelphia Jung Institute and began as its first Director of Training. He is also the Vice President of the Philemon Foundation, dedicated to publishing the unpublished works of Jung. He was the founder and...


19 Ralph Gilles on Automobile Design, Human Connection and the Future of Cars

As Global Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ralph Gilles meticulously approves the look and feel of every new Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alpha Romeo, and Maserati produced. His astonishing success is the product of an early, unwavering passion for beautifully designed cars and an outsized talent for sketching them. Gilles’ determination propelled him through his undergraduate degree at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and led him to earn his Executive MBA from...


18 Lisa Kron on Memory, Meaning and the Collective Power of Theater

Well known for her Tony Award-winning play, Fun Home, Lisa Kron is a remarkable playwright and performer whose work reflects and refracts these complex times. Her storytelling straddles the blurry line between fact and fiction, memory and invention, the political and the deeply personal. Lisa Kron developed her craft at New York City’s WOW Cafe, which began as an international women’s theater festival in 1980. During her time at WOW Café, she honed her creative voice, culminating in her...


17 Charlie Hodges on Pivoting from Dance to Design

For twenty years, Charlie Hodges heeded his creative calling to dance at the highest level. With roles in acclaimed Broadway productions and as part of Twyla Tharp’s legendary repertory company, his trek to the peak of that profession was grueling to say the least. Charlie endured waves of intensely personal rejection – oftentimes targeting his body type and appearance. But he ultimately prevailed, thanks to his abundance of talent, perseverance and incredibly high pain threshold. Most...


16 Jesse Genet on Building Businesses to Create a Meaningful Life

Jesse Genet was recently named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business. Jesse began her illustrious career at age fifteen by starting a custom t-shirt business in her parents' basement. Years later, after attending ArtCenter’s product design program, Jesse and co-founder Stephan Ango started Lumi. Their innovative, design-centric packaging venture employs an impressive alternative printing process called inkodye. Since the founding of Lumi, they’ve held a successful...


15 Matthew Rolston on Glamour, Death Anxiety and the Unity of Opposites

Matthew Rolston is a photographer and director known for his distinctive celebrity portraits and award-winning music videos. His images have appeared in such publications as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar, as well as the covers of more than 100 Rolling Stone magazines. He has directed music videos for numerous iconic artists including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Beyonce. More recently, he has applied his creative talents to fine art photography and produced three acclaimed...


14 Jackie Amezquita on Crossing Borders to Create Change

Jackie Amezquita graduated from ArtCenter's Fine Art department this past spring. Jackie, who entered the US illegally from Guatemala in 2003, finished her experience at ArtCenter with a timely and deeply personal final project: a 178 mile walk from the US/Mexico border in Tijuana to Downtown Los Angeles, completed over eight days and concluding with a symbolic bath in an oil drum. Jackie's life and work has been shaped by several extraordinary journeys that have called upon her...


13 Courtney Martin on Activism and Inspiring Social Justice Through Writing

Courtney E. Martin is a recognized author, cultural critic, TED speaker, social activist and weekly columnist for the Webby Award-winning website, On Being. Her work is vulnerable yet powerful, filled with cultural insights and passionate appeals for social change to create a better world. Courtney has said that she writes the books she needs to read. In doing so, she is the literary equivalent of a first responder, lending her voice to some of today’s most urgent issues, bringing context,...


12 Chris Kraus on Writing Through a Mask

Chris Kraus is the rare writer to capture both the literary imagination and the pop culture zeitgeist. When her 1998 novel, I Love Dick, was re-issued in 2006, it was embraced as a feminist classic by a new generation. Among her admirers were the creators of two of TV's most progressive and popular shows: Girls by Lena Dunham, and Transparent by Jill Soloway. I Love Dick’s confessional narrative consists of a series of unrequited love letters which play out as a celebration of personal and...


11 Ellen Lupton on Design as Storytelling

Ellen Lupton is a design thinker of the highest order. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Thinking with Type (2004), which is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide. Her most recent book, Design is Storytelling, published in late 2017, explores the connection between good design and a compelling narrative. In this episode of Change Lab, Ellen makes a compelling...


10 Yves Behar on Creating and Designing through Technology

Yves Behar is a Swiss-born entrepreneur and ArtCenter alum who has become the design world's reigning rockstar. As founder of the industrial design and branding firm, fuseproject, Yves has become a leading force in forging the future of sustainable technology. Equally important to Fuseproject's business model is a deep commitment to the social good. Yves regularly partners with nonprofits to create groundbreaking products like One Laptop Per Child, See Better to Learn Better, and more. In...


09 Paula Scher on Conjuring Instantly Recognizable Design

Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers working today. Having spent four decades at the top of the graphic design field, she has achieved iconic status. Paula was the first female principal to join Pentagram, the largest independently owned design studio. Even if you've never heard of Scher you know her work; She designed the logos of Citibank, Tiffany & Co., Microsoft Windows 8, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City's Public Theater and a slew of album covers by...


08 Amy Ziering on Giving Voice to Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker and producer Amy Ziering has spent much of her career fighting injustice. Her film work includes the films Outrage, about the hypocrisy of closeted gay politicians; The Invisible War, about the epidemic of rape in the military; and The Hunting Ground examining the prevalence of sexual assault on university campuses. While Amy may not think of her own work as courageous, many would disagree, saying that she focuses on bringing to light important stories...


07 Wendy MacNaughton on Telling Stories Through Illustration and Text

Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator, author, and graphic journalist whose work shines with warmth and humanity. One of her most recent works is a bestselling young adult novel that she created with her partner, author Caroline Paul, called The Gutsy Girl. Her history as a social justice worker and her passion for social justice are present in her work, which is regularly featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. In addition to The Gutsy Girl, Wendy's other...