Recap: Breakfast Club – Lessons from 2020




DI’s Breakfast Club series has always been about meeting new people and learning new things, and no two events are ever the same. On April 7th, we looked back on some of our favorite projects from 2020 and shared what we learned along the way.


We hosted four sessions, each led by members of the DI team. Keep reading to check out recordings of each session and a recap of the tools, worksheets, and resources that were shared in the breakouts.




We Are the Work: Practicing a Resilient and Restorative Culture

Operations Director Brittney Kreimer and Senior Social Innovation Specialist Sarah Robertson shared ways DI has built a healing and connected culture in the face of uncertainty, hurt, and distance.


Download the tool: Putty Centering Activity




DI’s Approach to Equitable Community Engagement

We’re in a time when everyone is asking more from communities. Senior Social Innovation Specialist Caitlin Behle and Senior Researcher Dr. Curtis Webb III shared six strategies for equitable community engagement to help us beyond standard feedback, attempt to build stronger relationships with community, and value community as experts of their own lives.


Download the tool: Equitable Community Engagement Worksheet




Thriving Creatively in Virtual Environments

Design Director Ramsey Ford and Senior Social Innovation Specialist Michelle Sucher took participants through an interactive presentation in MURAL to explore three questions:


  • How might we reduce barriers to access for diverse participants?

  • How might we find synergy between virtual and real-world prototypes?

  • How might we make virtual sessions engaging and interactive?


Download the tool: Pre Session Survey




Centering Racial Equity: Building Connections Across Race

Senior Social Equity Specialist Desiré Bennett and Sarah Corlett, Director of Community Development and Strategy, share the story of a community project that centered building connections across race and share a tool for inviting conversations in your own communities.


Download the tool: People History Worksheet


Missed the Conversation?

Watch the recording below.



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Design Impact Financial:

June 30, 2020

Read the report: Design Impact – Annual Report Financials