Social Work: Design with Purpose

Episode 91 • 47 min

How can designers anticipate the needs of social workers and how can social workers use design thinking in their own work?

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On this week’s episode, we explore the intersection of social work and design. Sam is joined by Chōkdee Rutirasiri, VP of Experience Strategy and Research at Mad*Pow and Adjunct Professor of Design Thinking at Boston College. He chats about how design can be a tool to change the world through empathy and compassion. Later on in the show, they are joined by Rachael Dietkus, Founder of Social Workers Who Design, a cause-driven, trauma-responsive design consultancy. Together, they talk about what social work is and some common misconceptions about social work.

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Sam Aquillano

Sam Aquillano

Design Museum Everywhere


Chōkdee Rutirasiri

Chōkdee Rutirasiri


Guest Co-host