Inspiration Block – April 28-May 16, 2014

The inspiration block started off with a brief Q&A session on Skype with Kit Lykketoft, the Deputy Director of MindLab. Later in the morning, we met Outi Kuittinen, the head of Co-creation at Demos Helsinki. We finished the very intense but inspiring day with an evening with yet another Skype conference with Chelsea Mauldin from the New York based Public Policy Lab.

HCD Block – April 14-25, 2014

Human centered design is all about empathic approach to the problem. The HCD Block started with planning our design research. After planning, two days of the HCD block were reserved for field work.

Systems Thinking Block – March 31-April 11, 2014

In Systems Thinking block, we learned about systems thinking while creating our maps with the supporting lectures, assigned reading material and exercises. Thinking back, when we started applying systems thinking to our project the first question was where to start. What is the best approach or framing?

Redesigned State by Marco Steinberg

The first day of Design for Government was opened by Marco Steinberg’s talk: Redesigned State. Marco runs the strategic design practice, Snowcone & Haystack, based out of Helsinki. Prior to Snowcone & Haystack, Marco was Strategic Design Director at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund (2008-2013).

DfG Open Lectures, RSVP!

*DfG course students, you are automatically in, so please do not RSVP.  DfG has prepared two lectures for the public. Unfortunately we have very limited seats, so please RSVP by using the following links. Part I – Strategic Design, Mar 24, 2014 10:30 Marco Steinberg Marco Steinberg runs the strategic design practice, Snowcone & Haystack, … Read more

Themes for DfG 2014

Three Sub-themes under each umbrella theme DfG 2014 has two umbrella themes – Accessibility of Buildings and Reducing the Use of Plastic Bags – each of which has three sub-themes. Each team will take one sub-theme, which means the three teams will form a bigger team under one umbrella theme. Biweekly the teams will share … Read more

Registration for Design for Government course opens in two days

Are you interested in designing with the public sector? We think Helsinki Design Lab of Finland, MindLab of Denmark, and Public Policy Lab of New York are just the beginning, Helsinki soon hiring three city designers is just the beginning, and the emerging domain of design requires a new sets of tools, skills, most importantly, … Read more