Invitation: DfG 2015 Final Show

Photo: Flickr user Taneli Mielikäinen, edited by Seungho Lee
Photo: Flickr user Taneli Mielikäinen, edited by Seungho Lee

Are you interested in new and proactive ways of policy making and public service provision? We present three such case-studies from the real challenges faced by the Finnish government.

The Prime Minister’s Office (VNK) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM) assigned three project to Design for Government, and the five teams of highly committed and talented designers will present their proposals after the fourteen weeks.

Please register through the following box. Registration is binding as the seats are limited.

Time and place
Tuesday May 26, 2015 from 8:50 to 12:30
Säätytalo (House of the Estates) Snellmaninkatu 9 – 11 Helsinki View map


8:30 Coffee and networking
9:00 Opening and introduction
9:10 Project Piazza commissioned by VNK
  9:15 Project Piazza I
  9:40 Project Piazza II
10:05 Primary Producer’s Notification commissioned by MMM
  10:10 Primary Producer’s Notification I
  10:35 Primary Producer’s Notification II
11:00 Fruit break (20 minutes)
11:20 School Fruits and Vegetables commissioned by MMM
  11:25 School Fruits and Vegetables
11:50 Discussion and closing
12:30 Event ends

*The details of the programme may be subject to change.

Design for Government
Design for Government (DfG) is a course and research project.

Started as a 10-ECTS advanced studio course under Aalto Creative Sustainability master’s programme, DfG explores the potential utility of design in the solving complex challenges of the government and public sector. With emphasis on systems approach, empathic design and behavioural insight, we worked with the Ministry of Environment in 2014, and are working with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2015.
Read more: DfG course website

In the summer of 2014, DfG has joined to participate in applying for a research call with the Nordic think tank, Demos Helsinki, and its partner, Avanto Helsinki. The research project with the same name, Design for Government, is commissioned by the Prime Minister’s office. The aim is to propose how behavioural insight, prototyping culture and evidence-based policy approaches can be best operationalised in Finnish government. The project is being carried out in two parts: a global benchmark of best practices interviewing both gloabl leaders in the development and key Finnish stakeholders; an experimentation in DfG course with concrete challenges faced with current Finnish government.
Read more: Project page on Demos Helsinki website

Creative Sustainability
Design for Government course is provided by Creative Sustainability (CS), a joint master’s degree programme at Aalto University. CS is a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, business, design, landscape planning, real estate and urban planning.
Read more: CS website

Demos Helsinki
Demos Helsinki is a Nordic non-profit research and development organisation, an independent think tank. Demos Helsinki carries out future studies, creates strategies and conducts future-oriented experiments with companies, cities, governments and communities.
Read more: Demos Helsinki website

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