Former United Way CEO to discuss design thinking

Michael Brennan. Photo courtesy United Way.
Michael Brennan. Photo courtesy United Way.
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A former United Way CEO will visit Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus to discuss how he has utilized design thinking to tackle social issues facing his hometown of Detroit.

Michael Brennan, CEO and founder of the social innovation center Civilla, will present “Social Impact Design: A Personal Discovery of Design Thinking’s Role in Social Change,” Wednesday, October 14, at 6 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room on the Allendale Campus. The presentation will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. and conclude with a Q&A session.

“Michael believes that most of the caring systems that address social issues are conducted through an industrial model and often have institutional interest at the center,” said John Berry, Design Thinking Initiative director at Grand Valley. “His personal journey toward the use of design thinking in driving social change has taught him that design is foundational to creating enduring solutions.”

Prior to his time with Civilla, Brennan served United Way in various capacities for 30 years, including 20 years as CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Registration for this event is required by October 9. For more information and to register, visit the Design Thinking Initiative website.