What will I learn?


Building community starts with understanding how connection happens in practice.

Whether it’s #metoo or Black Lives Matter, these communities provide a space to engage in a meaningful way and an opportunity to connect around a common cause. As the world is decentralizing and organizations are mattering less, not every problem can be solved by creating a new company or nonprofit. Networks, movements, and especially communities are mattering more and more. How does one design for meaningful connections and unlock the capacity for social change through distributed communities?

In this class, we will partner with a global non-profit to conduct ethnographic research, understand what drives different types of connections and design for a global community.

Learn With

Teaching Team

Jocelyn Ling Malan
Principal, Incandescent

Glenn Fajardo
Director of Co-Design Practice, TechSoup Global Network

Emily Tsiang
Life Design Fellow, University