jonathan.lewis@ac4d.com

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Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan is a problem solver and an instigator with a background in advertising, communication, and clinical/social psychology. He prides himself in the questions he asks and his ability to hold his breath for over two minutes. During his limited free time, he enjoys spending time with the people he loves and thinking about things like community, leadership, and designing for impact. He also really likes writing one-paragraph bios about himself in the third person.

I would describe myself as a conscious capitalist. I believe that businesses can be a powerful agent of social and environmental change if they are intentional about designing their services and products for positive humanitarian impact. I’m particularly interested in creating businesses built on concepts such as bartering and sharing. Right now at AC4D, I’m applying these principles to change how people buy and consume food.

 

Recent blog posts

I don't get it

While Ben is busy building version one of the Feast for Days product, I’m trying to meet with anyone who will listen and get feedback on our business idea. I reason that if I can make enough people fall in love with me (and our idea) prior to having a product, we’ll have the beginnings…

Social Entrepreneurship discussed and defined

Below is what I envision being a poster highlighting thoughts and opinions on social entrepreneurship. I tried to be very simple and iconographic while giving the viewer the opportunity to get a decent amount of information as well. Some of the smaller text may be hard to read. If so you can download a PDF…

The story of how Jon found his way: A metaphor for creativity, knowledge, and strategy.

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Technology as it relates the design process

Artifacts presenting the role of technology in the world and its importance. New technology advances slowly and new technology is available to a select few. People are influenced, constrained, and motivated by technology in every stage of the design process. The design process results in the creation of things in the form of products, services,…

Prototyping Food Find

It’s the first day of Christmas break and I still can’t stop thinking about AC4D Last night was our final presentation for our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class. See below for a summary and reflection. Enjoy! Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem solving is basically a fancy way for describing an Introduction to Making.…

Service design course leads to a great idea

Dentist’s Offices, The Ritz Carlton in Costa Rica, Coffee Shops, Japanese Bullet Trains, and purchasing an HP touch pad… These were some of AC4D 2K12’s best and worst examples of a “service” which we then discussed, dissected, and diagrammed during the first few classes of our service design course taught by the man, the myth,…

Update from the field: Interviews in Public Housing Communities

This quarter my research is focused on interactions and behaviors associated with food purchasing and preparation among lower income individuals. I’ve found the most difficult part of the process to be recruitment. I intentionally decided to avoid organizations that work with lower income individuals because I’ve found the navigation of organizational hierarchies to be cumbersome and inefficient.…

Mitigating complex problems through the language of design

Our final assignment for the first quarter is to describe the difficulties in solving complex problems. For those super-complex problems we affectionately refer to as “wicked problems,” there seem to be an endless amount of difficulties that continually shift as personal, cultural, and governmental environments are ever changing.  Before getting into what Cheyenne and I…

Studio Week 8…The Fear of Making

Early in my education experience, I became painfully aware of the fact that the visual things I made were “different” from the other students. I dreaded the times when my teachers would come around and look at our individual pieces of art, smile and say what she thought they looked like. With other students, the…

Prototyping Week Two: Everyday Chef is now Burger Me

To recap, the past few weeks we’ve been creating business models and mobile prototypes based on themes we discovered during our first few weeks of research. My initial business idea involved empowering individuals to establish their own nano-enterprises by developing a platform allowing “normal people” with cooking skills to sell their dishes. It was called…

Prototyping Everyday Chef

This week’s assignment was to create a prototype of a mobile application for our business/service that we developed two weeks ago. We created this prototype using rough sketchs called wireframes that would illustrate the basic features and functionality of each screen. For those not following this blog religiously, last week we were given the task…

Business Pitches at the Farmer's Market

This week’s assignment for our studio class was to come up with a business model based on research we have done thus far. To test our ideas we went to the Farmer’s Market and had a business pitch competition. 6 students, 9 pitches, one winner. Congratulations to a Ms. Jamie Karakowiak, next time you’re going down!…

A call to re-contextualize "design-with" thinking

Ethnography is a qualitative research method birthed in the social sciences that seeks to obtain a thick description and deep understanding of a particular group of people. In the social sciences, ethnography includes but is not limited to: immersing oneself in the culture that is being studied, open-ended interview sessions using tactile activities, and analysis…

more brand statements and sketching from farm to table

 

Contextual Inquiry at the H.O.P.E Farmer's Market

Cheyenne and I did our first contextual inquiry this past Sunday at the H.O.P.E. Farmer’s Market. After reviewing our video footage, I feel it’s safe to say that we are the Batman and Robin equivalent of contextual interviewers (I am Batman, in case you were wondering). In all seriousness, it was a great experience for…

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