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Design Firms Focused on Social Good

Augusta Meill, Executive Director at Agncy and Michael Brennan, Co-Founder/CEO at Civilla.

Join us for a live Design is Everywhere show and be part of the podcast with your questions.
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Design can be a powerful tool for social good.

This July 23, join us for our Design is Everywhere podcast live show where we’ll explore how design agencies are marrying design and social impact. In this episode, host Sam Aquillano will be joined by guest host Augusta Meill, Executive Director at Agncy, and guest Michael Brennan, Co-Founder/CEO at Civilla.

Be sure to bring your questions and ask them live on air to get personalized advice from our guests!

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Augusta Meill is a designer and strategist seeking to use design to redistribute power in the systems of our country. Her practice brings together design methods and problem-solving approaches with the philosophies and mindsets of community organizing.
Augusta founded Agncy Design to apply and adapt human-centered design practices to the work of justice and equity. Agncy has created a radically community-centered approach to design and works areas such as community development (e.g. with neighborhood-based collectives), healthcare (e.g. with New England’s primary safety net hospital) and criminal justice (e.g. with a coalition that includes police department, school, and service provider), as well as continued work in education.

Civilla is led by Michael Brennan, who has earned respect from changemakers and leaders throughout Michigan and across the country. At Civilla, Brennan guides Civilla’s mission, vision, and strategy. He carries 10+ years of experience leading human-centered design inside institutions, and played a pivotal role in the work with MDHHS to streamline applications and recertifications. Prior to Civilla, Brennan led large-scale change efforts as the CEO of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. After 30 years in leadership at United Way, his achievements include overseeing the rollout of the 2-1-1 social service hotline program across the United States, a system he also implemented in MetroDetroit that now receives 400,000 calls annually. He has fundraised over $700 million and provided innovation leadership and coaching to heads of organizations across 4 continents.

Jul 23 • 12:00pm – 1:30pm

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Webinar, Instructions

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Augusta Meill

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Michael Brennan

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What To Expect

12:00pmET • Event begins

Login via the event page on Eventbrite. We’ll kick things off with news and a welcome from the Design Museum, then dive into the conversation.

1:00pmET • Questions & Answers

We’ll leave time towards then end for your questions, submitted via Q&A window, and you can even ask your questions live (we’ll unmute you) — we’ll get to as many questions as possible.

1:30pmET • Live recording event ends

Thanks for joining us! The episode will air on all podcast channels in a few weeks.

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