Facilitation: by Design instructors

Workshop instructors

AIGA works with a pool of qualified instructors who are well versed in facilitating interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions with community groups as well as clients. Presenters vary from location to location and once confirmed will be listed on the workshop page. Lead instructors include:

Al Yassini headshot new 100x100Renna Al-Yassini, Strategist, user experience and service designer

Al-Yassini leads initiatives to create new products and services for a wide range of clients, guiding them through the entire arc of the project and systems-thinking processes, while fostering collaboration amongst stakeholders. Al-Yassini came to design having been raised in the social justice world, working as a communication strategist for nonprofits, government projects and social justice initiatives. She has guided diverse groups of people through a variety of collaborations—from teenagers in East Oakland working to open up a state-of-the-art youth center, to bank executives working to establish a new business entity. She remains committed to helping designers wishing to work in the social impact space to do so responsibly, effectively and critically.

Al-Yassini is the co-founder and senior advisor of the Roudha Center, has been recognized as one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Twenty-One People Who Will Change Business,” and is a regular AIGA Design for Good facilitator.

Maggie Breslin headshot 100x100Maggie Breslin, designer, researcher and writer at Smaller Sanities; faculty at the School of Visual Arts

Maggie Breslin is a designer and researcher with a unique focus in healthcare although she does work in other fields as well. She pioneered the role of designer/researcher at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation when she joined in 2005 and helped build the program until she left in 2011 to establish her own practice, Smaller Sanities. She leads and collaborates on research, design and development efforts around topics as diverse as decision-making, risk communication, integrated practice models, remote care, caregiving, end of life, social determinants of health and minimally disruptive medicine. She believes strongly that good conversation is key to transforming healthcare and that design has a big role to play in making it happen. She has logged many hours observing and talking to patients and clinicians and counts those opportunities as among her most treasured.

She teaches in the Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.  She has published in journals ranging from Design Issues to Archives of Internal Medicine. Breslin holds a Masters of Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Mass Communications, Film and Television, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Mathan Ratinam headshot 100x100Dr. Mathan Ratinam is a core faculty member in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons The New School for Design. He directs the Humanitarian Design Lab conducting design research with various external partners from the humanitarian, NGO and development community including the Red Cross (IFRC, American Red Cross), Oxfam America, World Bank (Social Development, WBI, Africa Region) and the United Nations (UNISDR and UNU).

Ratinam has been an independent consultant working both internationally and domestically. His work with the World Bank and the United Nations (UNHCR, UNWFP) has entailed a variety of projects ranging from designing facilitated workshops for government officials, multilateral donor and civil society personnel, to the development of communication strategies and technologies focusing on nuanced, human-centered stories. Within the United States Ratinam serves on the board of the Urban Assembly School of Emergency Management in New York, and frequently engages on initiatives regarding crisis response and emergency management. More recently he co-facilitated and led the design of an all-day workshop at the White House titled Innovation Brainstorm for Disaster Response and Recovery, a partnership between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Josh SilvermanJosh Silverman is a designer, serial entrepreneur, and eternal optimist. Currently, he is the Founder & CEO of Startnership, a business that helps startups grow by delivering design and marketing tools for a fixed fee and on a fixed timeline. Previously, in 1997 he founded Schwadesign, a network of strategists, designers, and developers curated in project-specific teams to reflect client needs.

Clients include Blue Man Group, the City of Providence RI, Friends of Dana-Farber, AIDS Action Committee of MA, MassEquality, Harvard University Systems Biology PhD Program, Brown University, Buildium.com, and Maurice Sendak. Josh has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Boston Globe, on recode.net, and rebrand.com. He is deeply passionate about new businesses and subversive ideas, and excels at helping entrepreneurs hustle to make their ideas happen.

A passionate networker, for over 20 years he has been an active member of AIGA, was a Centennial Co-Chair, and co-founded the organization’s 48th chapter in Rhode Island. Recently, work with StartOut (a new national non-profit for LGBT entrepreneurs) inspired him to create the national Designtrepreneurs series, part of San Francisco Design Week. He has taught and guest lectured at RISD, MassArt, Lesley University, California College of the Arts, and others, and has served as an advisor to startups and accelerators.

Christina Worsing headshot 100x100Christina Worsing, senior interaction designer at Cooper; design researcher and strategist.

Christina applies her design research and strategy experience to uncovering people’s needs, goals and behaviors and then applying this knowledge to appropriate and meaningful design solutions for products and services. The majority of her work has focused on health and wellness projects ranging from research into the changing face of senior living to the development of medical software, telecommunication platforms and cardiac imaging tools. Christina came to design through her roots in community development, urban agriculture and site-specific sculpture. It is Christina’s experience that meaningful designs arise from understanding context and the underlying systems in which issues and opportunities play out.

In addition to consulting, she is the founder of Give-and-Take, a community-based project that is re-thinking how services are developed and delivered to keep everyday resources in play on a local scale. The business is exploring what it means to be an ethical economy where “production” is based primarily on creating opportunities for collaboration and social civil interactions.