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NED Talks

February 1, 2010, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
Ford G.201
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208

Northwestern.Engineering.Design: Sami Nerenberg


What is the role design and designers can play in creating sustainable solutions for people, profit, and planet? In this workshop you will explore your own creative process, learn about precedents and the importance of contextual and systemic understanding and investigate the intersection of design, business, and social innovation through a design charrette for a real-world project currently developing in the South Bronx, NYC. Active minds and participants welcome.


Sami Nerenberg, a self-titled “Community Designer,” believes creativity is the world's most untapped renewable resource. She seeks to organize and empower communities with design as the means of creating change with her goals being two-fold: to push designers beyond their traditional role of form givers to become creative leaders and problem solvers and to uncap the latent creativity of under-served community members to re-envision their own environments. Previously the youngest adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she developed and taught the "Design for Social Entrepreneurship" advanced studio, Sami is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor for Pratt Institute's Design Management program and is the founder of “Room by Room,” a healthy home makeover summer program for inner city teens, created in partnership with Brown University's Community Environmental College and the Workforce Investment Act.

As a Timberland EarthKeeper Hero, her studios and its projects have been discussed in media outlets such as Metropolis Magazine,, Fast Company, Core77, Catalyst Magazine and RISD Views. Sami previously worked at Design that Matters in Cambridge and Greenblue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition in Virginia.

Her workshop will investigate the creative process and the role of design and designers as agents of change in our society.

Contact Elizabeth Gerber at 847-467-0607 or for further questions.