2011 Symposium

On March 11 and 12, 2011, Rhode Island School of Design opened a series of ongoing national conversations with Make It Better, a two-day symposium on art, design and the future of healthcare.

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio, this vital series of conversations brought leading artists, designers and activists together with health professionals, policymakers, entrepreneurs and members of the RISD community to frame an expanded role for art and design in improving public health and the delivery of healthcare.

Make It Better looked at how artists and designers – both at RISD and elsewhere – engage with issues of health and wellness in innovative and unexpected ways. It focused on the role of these visually astute critical thinkers and problem solvers in helping to improve healthcare delivery, public health and everyday wellness.

Designed to stimulate ongoing conversations among participants and the larger fields they represent, the symposium explored how to bring more creativity to the realm of health care by expanding, collaborating on and developing new, more integrative models for art and design research. Presenters and participants addressed the need to create spaces, products, systems, policies and messages that offer fresh, effective and humane approaches to maintaining health and delivering health care.

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Keynote Speakers

Other Presenters

Amale Andraos

Partner
WORKac
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Kelli Auerbach

Lecturer
Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts
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Jay Baruch

MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Brown University
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Jay Baruch

Kelly Dobson

Assistant Professor and Interim Head
Digital Media, RISD
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Susan Doyle

Assistant Professor
Illustration, RISD
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Alexandra Drane

President and Co-founder
Eliza Corporation
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Sarah Goldhagen

Architecture Critic
The New Republic
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Darell Hammond

CEO and Co-founder
KaBOOM!
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Darell Hammond

Natalie Jeremijenko

Artist
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Lindsay Kinkade

Critic
Graphic Design, RISD
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Khipra Nichols

Associate Professor
Industrial Design, RISD
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Jeremy Nobel

Adjunct Faculty in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health
Founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing
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Claire Pentecost

Artist
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Aidan Petrie

Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Ximedica
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Aidan Petrie

Benjamin Sawyer

President
DigitalMill and Founder, Games for Health
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Ben Sawyer

Damon Rich

Urban Designer, City of Newark
Founder, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
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Pam Wescott

Director of Patient Perspectives
Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
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Pamela H. Wescott, MPP

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