"Daniel is a unique visionary.

Empathetic, sensitive and resourceful, he leads through facilitation. His programs are always built around the concept of getting the right people to participate. I look forward to seeing his initiatives work for the good of society.

-Vijay Chakravarthy, Industrial Designer Society of America (IDSA)

Discovering an evidence-based social enterprise ecosystem methodology and scaling it from city to city

WeWork, and other spaces like WeWork, are critical elements in cultivating healthy impact ecosystem. Both as a venue and convener, WeWork's strong focus on community and the quality of social ties creates an inviting environment inspires thoughts such as, "I could turn my dreams into a reality right here at this WeWork location."

In 2016, I brought my project from Princeton, NJ to Washington, D.C. I began my roll-out strategy similarly to how I did in Princeton, and it wasn't long before existing members of the DC ecosystem reached out to me. General Assembly publicly advocated for my capabilities as an industry-recognized service designer, and, in doing so, attracted a few big fish like WeWork, My Brother's Keeper, and the Washington, D.C. Mayor's Office.

IDEO selected me as one-of-five global design coaches for their design challenge, "Reimagining Higher Education." I was journaling on IDEO's open innovation platform, and my reflection piqued the interest of an IDEO evaluator, Kate Rushton.

On October 11, 2014 I initiated a process known as a "knowledge dump". Ten hours per day, for 23 days in a row, I wrote, I sketched, and, over 100,000 words later, this version was 'done'. I called it the social enterprise ecosystem methodology. It's gone through many iterations, but this would represent my first intentional roll-out of an ecosystem with the hope of influencing the output of my community in a positive way.

Founder of New Jersey's first-ever social innovation conference, Cooperative Impact.

Founder of the postsecondary education pipeline program, Action Horizon Institute.

Learn more about my journey and some of the roadblocks I've encountered along the way.

Clients - Partners - Collaborators

Rutgers University →
  • Honors College
  • Human Ecology
  • English Department
  • Writing Program
  • School of Social Work
  • Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • Center on the American Governor
  • Program on Immigration & Democracy
  • Future Scholars Program
  • History Department
  • Business School
Social Sector →
  • Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)
  • APCO Worldwide
  • Fund for New Jersey
  • New Jersey Policy Perspective
  • Lumina Foundation
  • My Brother's Keeper
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Georgetown Public Library
  • Princeton Public Library
  • Code for Princeton
  • Princeton Learning Cooperative
  • Princeton Municipality
  • Sustainable Princeton
  • Demos
  • Youth Build
  • Year Up
  • MicroGreens
  • Shine Global
  • Impact Hub DC
Industry →
  • Techstars
  • IDEO
  • WeWork
  • Mozilla
  • General Assembly
  • Hubspot
  • AlphaHQ
  • Bell Works
Customer Story →

Josh Rosenheck attended my first workshop with the Honors Program, and would go on to raise $3 million for a startup that was recently acquired by Mark Cuban.

"Dan is one of the most dedicated mentors I have ever worked with. I immediately took notice of his composure and ability to put complex ideas into simple terms. I owe a lot to Dan for being that initial spark of inspiration that motivated me to go for it all. Self-motivated and passionate, with boundless energy, he is brilliant, proactive, and brings out the best in me."

Public-Private Partnerships →

Partnering with higher education administrators as a digital media producer and instructor

Designing for Impact →

Piloted my evidence-based social enterprise ecosystem methodology in Princeton, NJ

Reimagining Higher Education →

Leveraging the higher education experience as a time to build a startup that solves a social problem

Product Design →

Generating $42,500 in ten weeks by designing a new investor experience for an alternative investment asset manager

Mobile Application →

Designing technology to bring relief through the prevention of social problems from existing

Customer Stories →

"Daniel is a unique visionary. Empathetic, sensitive and resourceful, he leads through facilitation. His programs are always built around the concept of getting the right people to participate. I look forward to seeing his initiatives work for the good of society. -Vijay Chakravarthy, Industrial Designer Society of America (IDSA)"

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

-George Bernard Shaw

Daniel D'Alonzo

New Jersey Specialist

Experience Designer (XD)

Industries:
finance, legal, manufacturing, education, government, social sector, health

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