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Robert Fabricant: Get Out of Your Head

April 4, 2017
6:00-8:00pm CST
Lost Arts
1001 N North Branch Street
Chicago, IL 60642

IIT Institute of Design (ID) is excited to bring Robert Fabricant, principal and founder of the Dalberg Design Impact Group (DIG), to Chicago. Join us for a talk at Lost Arts, where Robert will discuss a new understanding of design within the social impact sector. Panelists will join him after his presentation to discuss social innovation in Chicago.

About Robert

Robert Fabricant is Co-Founder and Partner of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG), where he brings human-centered design and innovation services to clients looking for new, creative approaches to breakthrough innovation and expanded collaborations in the field of social impact and international development.

Before Dalberg, Robert Fabricant was the Vice President of Creative for frog design where he managed frog’s global leadership across Design Research, Product Design, Software Design, and Experience Strategy. He also led frog’s efforts to grow and extend its creative capabilities into new markets and offerings. Robert incubated and led frog’s Design for Social Impact practice through initiatives such as Project Masiluleke that focus on transformative opportunities to use mobile technologies to increase access to information and accelerate positive behavior change.

Robert writes about Design and Social Impact for publications like HBR, SSIR, Fast Company, Rotman Business Journal, MIT Tech Review, ChangeObserver, and Core77. He is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from design to healthcare and mobility. Recent speaking engagements include Poptech, SXSW, IxDA, Mayo Transform, Harvard Business School, and others. He has won numerous design awards including 2009 & 2011 IDEA Gold and 2009 Index Award Finalist. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU and SVA.

His client portfolio includes experience with non-profits, global multinationals, foundations, and start-ups across verticals including financial services and financial inclusion, social impact, mobile and technology, healthcare and public health, and media.

Robert has an MPS in Design and Technology from NYU and a BA from Yale University.


Sara Cantor Aye is co-founder and executive director of Greater Good Studio, a human-centered design firm focused on social impact. At Greater Good Studio, Sara applies her background in ethnographic research and design strategy to overlooked problems and underserved people. 

Arjun Chakravarti is Assistant Professor at Illinois Tech Stuart School of Business. His research examines issues of strategy organization and market design through the lens of behavioral economics and analytics. He has 18 years of experience as a manager and a consultant, working closely with firms in industries such as a education, tech, food service, media, and CPG. Arjun also serves on several boards and acts as an affiliate economist for Winsight/Technomic and Pentallect, Inc. He received his Ph.D and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Amanda A. Geppert is the Director of the Design Thinking Lab at the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago. The lab was founded to develop novel community and clinic-based interventions to advance the health and assets of young people. Amanda holds a MPH in community health sciences and is currently pursuing at PhD at the IIT Institute of Design that explores the development and evaluation of participatory design processes that seek to build individual capabilities and community capacities while creating knowledge as a practical resource for action. Prior to Ci3, Amanda spent seven years at Cure Violence, where she worked with teams in 16 U.S. cities to replicate the Cure Violence model with fidelity.  

Designer, urban planner, innovator, teacher, leader and entrepreneur, Tim Swanson leads both CannonDesign’s Chicago office and its City Design practice. Swanson is an advocate for smart growth and sustainable development, working with leaders at the intersection of urban planning, public health and education, identifying new ways design and strategy can positively influence socioeconomic conditions.

About Lost Arts

Created by Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler, Lost Arts is a new workspace for ambitious creatives. Within the massive warehouse in Chicago, members harness tools, resources, and knowledge to bring their ideas to life. Lost Arts also curates public events that invite the broader public to explore, think, and create. Learn more at