DI Receives Honorable Mention in Fast Company World Changing Ideas 2019

We’re thrilled to announce Justice Promoters was named as an honorable mention for Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas in the “Experimental” category!

DI and our amazing partner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, were recognized for Justice Promoters, an experimental resident advocate model to reduce eviction in Cincinnati.

We are so proud to celebrate this accomplishment with Cincinnati Children’s and the original Justice Promoters that helped us pilot this project in Price Hill and Avondale. Thank you, Michael, Kathy, Sheroin, Lorena, Alejandra, and María!

Read our full announcement below: 





Cincinnati, OH, April 8, 2019 — Winners of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity.  


Local social innovation firm Design Impact (DI) and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center received an honorable mention in the Experimental category as part of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards for their innovative work on Justice Promoters, an experimental resident advocate model to reduce eviction in Cincinnati. The project was selected from a pool of more than 2,000 entries.


The Justice Promoters project was a collaboration between Cincinnati Children’s and Design Impact. The pilot looked at how residents could reduce eviction rates and fight unfair housing practices in their own communities through creative tools, organizing, and advocacy. In 2018, two pilot groups of residents from Price Hill and Avondale developed strategies and tools like a “Decoding Your Lease” worksheet to help their neighbors to understand their rights as tenants and identify safe, clean, and friendly housing for immigrants.


Design Impact, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in May,  is thrilled that Justice Promoters is recognized as a “World Changing Idea.”  Sarah Corlett, DI’s Director of Community Impact and Strategy, said, “The Justice Promoters model represents a change in how hospitals can move from providing reactive treatment inside their building to leading engaged preventive care within their community populations. This kind of community-led model can lead to more effective solutions – we saw Justice  Promoters shift the typical healthcare power dynamics by driving the direction of a health service in partnership with the hospital. And as a result, residents could get to root causes.”


According to Cincinnati Children’s, advocating for fair and safe housing is just the beginning for Justice Promoters. The hospital hopes to expand the model to address issues in other neighborhoods.  


DI and Cincinnati Children’s want to recognize the following residents for leading this work: Michael, Kathy, and Sheroin (Avondale Justice Promoters); Lorena, Alejandra, and María (Price Hill Justice Promoters).


About Design Impact: Design Impact is a nonprofit social innovation firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. DI collaborates with individuals, organizations, and funders to apply creative and inclusive approaches to complex social challenges. Their approach combines creativity, equity, and leadership practices to create social change. They do this in part by amplifying and empowering unheard voices — especially those directly affected by poverty — in the design of their own solutions. Since 2009, DI has partnered with community leaders on over 400 social design projects that span multiple sectors including community health, early education, community development, and food access. For more information, visit d-impact.org.

About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.


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