Pushing the Boundaries of Design at Facebook & Beyond

Michelle Morrison wants to push the boundaries of how people see design.

But how, you ask?

Although she is a Design Program Manager at Facebook, Michelle’s real passion lies in building a community called Designers + Geeks. Designers + Geeks is for people interested in design, art, and technology. They host monthly talks, covering everything from “morally manipulating” your users with Nir Eyal’s help, to how design impacts the cannabis industry. Michelle’s goal is to create content and inspire conversation about how design is constantly evolving in today’s world.

Read on to learn more about how Michelle’s entrepreneurial mindset and background in industrial design allows her to juggle a full-time career, while cultivating a passionate community as her side hustle (and how you can, too!). 

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How One Industrial Designer Revolutionizes Community Health

Jasmine Burton is putting her creative potential to great use.

When Jasmine learned that pubescent girls often drop out of school because they lack toilets, she made it her 18-year-old mission to design toilets. Since then, Jasmine hasn’t slowed down.

Jasmine’s transforming water, sanitation and hygiene in communities that lack the resources to build safe systems for themselves. Jasmine does this by harnessing her design skills to build systems that support people, specifically women and minorities. In our interview, Jasmine describes her life as 1 of 9 Americans in a Global Health fellowship in Zambia and her 3 tips for designers seeking to make the world a better place.

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Passport To Italy

Benvenuto in Italia!

This week we travel to Italy, home to many talented artists, entrepreneurs, athletes and authors in our community. Today we’re given a snapshot of a day in the Italian life through the pages of Stefania, Marco, Gaia and Maurizio. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we do.

Stefania Micòl Sabrina Ciocca is a photographer, writer and social media specialist living in Italy. Stefania has a BA in History of Performing Arts and enjoys blogging and theater.

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International Development and Social Justice Advocates

This week we’re featuring community members who believe in promoting social justice around the world through sustainable development.

Harold Pliszka completed a Masters in Social Work this year specializing in International and Community Development. Harold is passionate about social justice and promoting equality for all people and their communities.

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Growth and Community Gurus: Staff Picks

As a community manager at about.me, I love using our site to connect with other community managers around the world. Our Staff Picks this week truly understand people and are experts in connecting with and engaging their communities. From social media curation to web development to photography, Sahana, Philippe, Amy and Aaron create powerful visual and written content that moves people.

Sahana Ullagaddi who heads off this post is a skilled content developer and marketing engagement strategist. Sahana embeds her blog on her page, connecting people to her reflections on meditation, self-enrichment and her journey from living in 5 cities in 5 years to ending up in San Francisco.

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SXSW 2016 – Vote For Our Own Antonio Neves

At about.me we believe in the power of college students. That’s why we created campus.

Our Director of campus, Antonio Neves is all about helping college students excel on and off campus. He’s an award-winning journalist, author and nationally recognized college leadership speaker. A first generation college student, Antonio knows first hand that for students it’s not just about the quest for a diploma. It’s not just about getting a job. No, it’s about the journey to create life with meaning.

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Change makers: This Week’s Staff Picks

There are a ton of new faces on this week’s Staff Picks page so be sure to have a look. But not before you check out our top four favorite pages of the week! Every one of them devotes their time to making change in their local communities and the world.

In our header photo we have Lani Rovzar a principal at 42º, a San Francisco arts agency devoted to partnering local artists with companies and organizations for social engagement and community investment. In her spare time she enjoys surfing and travel. 

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