The Design Ignites Change Social Impact Workshop focuses on how to conceive, develop, fund and execute projects for social change. It will be led by Mark Randall, founder of Worldstudio and Shana Dressler, founder of Social Innovators Collective in collaboration with Domaine de Boisbuchet.

There has been a powerful shift in the creative industry. Many design, communication and architecture professionals have turned their efforts towards non-client based work that has the potential for positive social impact. The creative professions have traditionally been a service industry where a client drives the inception and development of a project. However, in this week-long workshop individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to break from this traditional mold to catalyze their own powerful initiatives for social change will learn how to transfer their skills from working in service of their clients to working as entrepreneurs.

The program will also lay down the groundwork for those who are ready for a larger commitment on how to found a social enterprise. At the end of the workshop each participant will leave with a solid understanding of the steps and resources necessary to implement projects and build businesses in a sustainable way.

The workshop has been designed for creative professionals and social entrepreneurs as well as advanced college students who are over 21 and have completed their junior year at college or university.

This is a unique opportunity for professional development in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Attendees will gather for a week at Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllic country estate located in the Southwest of France, with a group of like-minded creative individuals and start-up social entrepreneurs ready to make positive change in the world. There will also be many opportunities to meet other international artists, architects and designers attending various workshops at Boisbuchet.

Please see the application, overview document and a workshop schedule by clicking the links in the “downloads” section to the left of this page.

Domaine de Boisbuchet

The Domaine de Boisbuchet is an idyllic country estate located in the Southwest of France between the Poitou-Charentes and Limousin regions. Boisbuchet offers a large landscape park with pavillions designed by internationally acclaimed architects, temporary exhibitions and a bistro with a small design shop in an old mill at the river Vienne. A series of workshops are offered in the summer months under the direction of internationally recognized artists, designers and architects. To learn more about this extraordinary location visit the Domain de Boisbuchet website.

Here is a quick overview of what’s important:

What: Seven day social impact workshop in the South of France
When: June 16 – 22, 2013
Cost: $2,250
Application deadline: April 15, 2013 (extended from March 29)
Notification: April 17, 2013
First payment of $1,125 due: April 22, 2013
Second payment of $1,125 due: May 8, 2013
« 5 days of instruction, studio time and mastermind sessions
« Room and board at the Domaine de Boisbuchet
« Evening speakers and activities
« Preparatory webinar: Idea To Launch
« Startup To Launch Workbook
« The Startup Changemaker’s Toolkit
You should attend if:
« You want to use your creativity for positive change in the world.
« You are excited to join a community of like-minded changemakers.
« You have an idea for a project, organization or business to drive social change.
« You are tired of thinking and talking about your idea – you want to make it happen!
« You would benefit from the structure of a workshop series with assignments.
« You might be working full-time now, but want to explore the possibility of building your own venture.
For more information contact: Ansley Whipple: