October 5, 2023

Big Announcement: USC's Neely Center grant to PDN!

PDN has received its first major grant from the Neely Center.

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PDN has received its first major grant from the Neely Center.

Today, we are thrilled to report that the Prosocial Design Network has received its first major grant. The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, whose mission is to help societal leaders align emerging technologies with ethical, human-centered values, has made a generous contribution as our Founding Sponsor. 

We are grateful the Neely Center has recognized our contribution in bridging research and practice to help foster the adoption of prosocial design. They have given us this foundational grant to ensure the ongoing sustainability of our library of evidence-based prosocial design patterns, and to help us further connect with both researchers and practitioners in order to expand the Prosocial Design Network’s impact.

In the words of the Neely Center, in this collaboration with PDN, we are collectively “advocating for responsible design across various technology platforms. Together, we seek to exert a significant impact on policy-making and strategic development related to responsible technological advancements, thereby influencing a broad range of companies and thought leaders in the field”

This grant means the Prosocial Design Network’s experts are able to present at critical field conferences, including at TrustCon and the Trust & Safety Research Conference, as well as host our own research gatherings to accelerate independent research around prosocial design. 

It also means we are now able to make our first two hires. Julia Kamin, who has volunteered with the Prosocial Design Network since 2021, will officially join us as Program Manager, and Gionnieve Lim will start as our inaugural Library Fellow, supporting our Library Team’s work in identifying novel prosocial design research.

The Neely Center’s generous support and partnership with the Prosocial Design Network is truly a game changer. We look forward to making a greater impact through their contribution!

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