A Better World by Design 2013 Conference

Published on: September 10th, 2013

A Better World by Design is an internationally-acclaimed conference held annually at Brown & RISD campuses in Providence, RI. Connecting students, professionals, and individuals from different disciplines, it strives to build a global community of socially-conscious innovators. This year’s conference will be held from September 27 to 29.

Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better World is an immersive experience that attempts to deepen our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment.

Better World by Design was started in 2008 by Steve Daniels and Sharon Langevin of Brown University Engineers Without Borders and Mike Eng and Tino Chow from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The annual conference is student-organized and attracts thousands from all corners of the world. It offers a collaborative platform to encourage the free sharing of ideas across disciplines and professional levels. Engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics, and students form lasting connections that can lead to real-world change.

Conference schedule can be found here.



Program Contact

Caroline Dionne, Program Director

Program Update

Parsons is not currently admitting new students to this master’s degree program. Parsons is now offering a Graduate Minor in Design Studies that is designed to complement the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies and other graduate programs across the university in design, liberal arts, and social research.