The current way we build social products isn't working out. What's another way?

The School for Social Design has developed a unique methodology that teaches people to design spaces that remain meaningful, even as they scale. Build spaces, not funnels or tubes.

How it works

We offer three courses, taken in sequence. In Unit 1, you develop an articulate, verifiable sense of what's meaningful for different people. In Units 2 and 3, you practice designing for it, first at smaller, then larger scales. Each course is about 5 weeks, meets twice a week, is instructor-led, and involves groups of six.

For an overview of our curriculum, see this 1 hour video. The course textbook is also free and online.

Unit 1: Shared Meaning

Next batches: Oct 3, Nov 7

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Unit 1: The Course on Shared Meaning — Structure and Curriculum

  • 1. Telling Values Apart From Social Pressures and Goals In the first section of the course you learn how social expectations and goals can crowd out sources of meaning.

  • 2. Bringing Definition to Values In this section you break down values into their fundamental building blocks, by examining them as attentional policies.

  • 3. Communicating Values Concretely We learn to capture and communicate sources of meaning using values cards.

  • 4. Transforming Emotions to Values Finally, use your emotions to reveal your values. You learn to quickly read your emotions, decipher a value missing in the moment, and convey that to the people you care about.

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Our Team

Joe Edelman
Joe Edelman
founder
Joe is the entrepreneur behind the School for Social Design, and wrote most of the textbook. He coined the term “Time Well Spent” which was adopted as a guiding light in metrics by teams at Facebook, Google, and Apple, and has led to many product and ranking changes.
Ben Gabbai
Ben Gabbai
guide
Ben is a scholar of Talmud and Jewish Thought. He is hands-on about education, holding a B. Ed., teaching 4th grade and homeschooling with his wife. He enjoys reading other old books too, especially about philosophy.
Anne Selke
Anne Selke
mentor
Anne has a background in organizational psychology, creative writing, game design, and design thinking. She specializes in tracing people's hard-earned wisdom and how they grow, and in tracking what practices work in what contexts.

Learn more

About the Program
Philosophical Background
History of the School
Compare with Other Design Methods

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Unit 1: Shared Meaning

Next batches: Oct 3, Nov 7

Interested? We'll email you info, and a 10 minute application form.

$700Satisfaction guaranteed.