Helping Communities Thrive
University of Hartford
Natacha develops socially responsible design projects that promote sustainable development and awareness of global issues. Her work fosters transdisciplinary partnerships that bring positive social change at local, national, and international levels. In 2008, Natacha founded Design Global Change [DGC], a collaborative group of design students and emerging professionals who put their talents together to make a positive impact in the world. A recipient of a Sappi Ideas that Matter award, Natacha spearheaded design projects in India and Kenya, as well as collaborations with healthcare organizations in developing countries —such as Unite for Sight and LIMBS International. With DGC students, Natacha has coordinated the creation of two nonviolence murals in the city of Hartford, commissioned by the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence.
The academic projects Natacha undertakes educate design students on the impact and importance of their work —bridging worlds, whether locally or internationally— so that the interfaces, products and environments they create meet the needs of the greatest number of users.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)