Apply To Be A Changemaker

Application for Non-profits & Social Enterprises »

Find creative ideas for your challenging problems.

We want nonprofits and social change organizations to apply to be part of the series. We’re looking for committed clients who are able to devote time to the series, share knowledge about their organization and mission, and actively collaborate with their creative professional team members.

Application for Creative Team Participants »

Volunteer to use your design superpowers for good and learn new skills to help grow your tool chest!

We’re looking for designers and creative professionals who want to apply to be part of the series. We’re looking for people who are great team players, experimenters and problem solvers; and who are willing to devote time to be a on a team using human-centered design skills to tackle a project for an organization over a two month period.

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Applications for creative professionals and nonprofits/change organizations close August 11th at 11:59pm, shortly before the Ideate kickoff.

Changemaker Series Process



Accepted applicants shall be assembled into teams that will participate in a mandatory, one-day intensive human-centered design bootcamp. Together you will:

  • Meet your team members and Change Organization partners
  • Learn design thinking theory and methods taught by local design leaders and educators
  • Work with your Change Organization to understand their needs and the challenge at hand and begin research
  • Formulate a creative brief and other plans to tackle your challenge

Progress made during the Weekend Workshop will be a foundation for the work done over the next two months. Check out this blog post to read about one of these inspiring weekends.



Project teams will work closely together over the course of two months to conduct research, develop, and implement sustainable solutions to address your challenge. Changemaker organizers will provide support when needed, including setting up team check-in events. These check-ins serve as opportunities for teams to swap best practices, pool resources, ask for help, and stay on track with their Change Organization partners.



The Showcase is a celebration of the work accomplished by the Changemaker project teams with a party and exhibition. We welcome everybody to come party with us, learn more about our participating Change Organizations and the team projects, and get inspired by how design thinking can help address local social causes. Eat, drink, and be inspired with the larger community!