Cheryl Heller

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Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the new Masters Program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York and founder of Heller Communication Design. She is a pioneering communication designer and business strategist who has twice been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design. Heller has led transformational initiatives for major corporations such as Ford, American Express, Reebok, Mariott International, Cemex, Gap, Bayer Corporation, Seventh Generation, L.Oreal, Hearst and Sappi, non-profits such as WWF, Audubon, IDE, Concern Worldwide and the Girl Scouts of America. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $10 million to designers working for the public good. She also advised Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum on the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%.” Heller has been a core faculty member for the PopTech Social Innovation and Science Fellows, mentoring the most exciting social entrepreneurs in the world as they create and scale new models for solving issues around poverty, water, health care, energy and conservation, often through the use of technology. She is the National Director of Leadership Education for AIGA, the professional association for design, and a writer for NextBillion.
  • Faculty 2010 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Faculty 2011 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Session Leader PopTech 2011
  • Lab participant PopTech Climate Resilience Lab
  • Faculty 2012 Social Innovation Fellows
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An interview redux: A graduate program for visionaries

An interview redux: A graduate program for visionaries

A little over five years ago, we interviewed Cheryl Heller about a master’s program she had already spent two years developing and that had not yet launched. Now in its third year, Design for Social Innovation at SVA in New York is the first MFA program of its kind. In this guest authored post, Cheryl reflects on what she originally hoped for and what she’s learned since its launch. Read more »

This week in PopTech: Coping mechanics, fantasy elections and designing from the bottom up

This week in PopTech: Coping mechanics, fantasy elections and designing from the bottom up

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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This week in PopTech: Stories of health, language and living

This week in PopTech: Stories of health, language and living

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

PopTech 2009 speaker Luis von Ahn invented ReCaptcha, a program that uses squiggly characters that humans easily decipher but blocks spambots – and helped digitize millions Read more »

Interview: Cheryl Heller on SVA's new Design for Social Innovation MFA

Interview: Cheryl Heller on SVA's new Design for Social Innovation MFA

PopTech Board Chair Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of a new MFA program, Design for Social Innovation, at the School of Visual Arts in New York. As the founder of Heller Communications, she’s been working at the intersection of design, communication, social change, sustainability, and business strategy for years and now, at SVA, she has an opportunity to transfer her knowledge to a student body with a growing interest around those same topics. Read more »

This week in PopTech: Behind the scenes, eco-apps and artificial leaves

This week in PopTech: Behind the scenes, eco-apps and artificial leaves

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

On Thursday, Lead Technology Reporter for The New York Times “Bits” blog, Nick Bilton, (PopTech 2009) shared a behind the scenes glimpse of New York Read more »

More From the 2009 PopTech Fellows Program

More From the 2009 PopTech Fellows Program

All images in this post are CC images from 2009 Teaching Fellow Erik Hersman from his Flickr set.

We have had a busy few days at the PopTech 2009 Fellows Program (you can follow the #poptech hashtag on Twitter to see more of what we have been talking about) as the PopTech 2009 conference (streaming live), starting on Wednesday and where each of the

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