Laura Murphy and Barbara Hayley are two of Tulane University’s seven professors of Social entrepreneurship, helping to build the undergraduate program in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE). We teach Design Thinking for Collective Impact (a required course for undergraduates). Murphy is adapting design thinking for graduate students; as international development professor, she has worked around the world and enjoys off-the-beaten path adventures. Hayley is professor of dance (Dept. of Theatre and Dance), a creative cultural development dance artist/facilitator with international choreographic works that span concert to site specific and community-based venues. As a SISE professor, Hayley brings creative/arts based and place-based intersection to the design-thinking system, curriculum, and student consciousness. She is a long-time partner of Junebug Productions, community partner for this project. Stephanie McKee, performance artist, activist, organizer, and successor of John O’Neal, founding artistic director emeritus, artistically directs Junebug Productions.
What expertise and experience equips you to lead this project?
Murphy and Hayley teach design-thinking together: Murphy leads the training in the DT process, having taught DT in various formats. She also has experience with community fieldwork on three continents. Hayley leads the community partnership angle, is an FST and Junebug champion, and is dancer, producer, director, facilitator, and educator focused on arts and community change in New Orleans and abroad for decades. Our TA (Maille Faughnan) is a facilitator and scholar of culture and development (and a dancer). None of us are professional photographers; we have a deep interest in using the form to support design- thinking education. Our partnership with Junebug Productions enriches the larger goal of cultivating changemakers. Students are learning to “see” through ethnographic immersion and using photography to document and share what they learn-- as part of their design-thinking class, so they can bring these skills to this and the next challenge.
What are your ideas for keeping the dialogue and community going?
RightSights builds on our (especially Hayley’s) strong collaboration with Junebug; they will get training and the materials for their work. We can create booklets and portraits for instruction, to promote awareness (of Talkin Revolution, PhotoWings, and Ashoka U). We hope the photos can help raise revenues for Junebug. At NO Fringe festival, we will present a curated selection of RightSights images. Junebug also presents Carpetbag Theatre of Knoxville, TN at this event, and our team can help document it. A print and digital catalog will help university and community partner. Students will develop their RightSights–more informed, critically aware photographic eye --to use and appreciate photographs for changemaking. We will use photo-based skills of observation, empathy-building, and analysis in our “DT” class. This core SISE class is taught regularly. Instructors will be better equipped to teach photographic thinking (a TOT model).