Blogs

  • Blog IV – Reducing the carbon footprint of public procurement – Kela Maternity package
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s brief on ‘Reducing the carbon footprint of procurement services’. —   Group 2A: Xinghua Meng, Kalle Kaisko, Michael Buchta from the Creative Sustainability program and Amandine Fong from the Collaborative and … Read more
  • Blog IV – Pilot project for Personal budgeting and Mobility Services
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the brief on ‘Pilot project for Personal Budgeting Model’, provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) in collaboration with the ORSI project.   —   Group … Read more
  • Blog IV – Strategy for Expatriate Finns
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Interior’s brief on ‘Strategy for expatriate Finns’.  — Group 3A: Rūta Šerpytytė and Liisi Wartiainen from Collaborative and Industrial Design program, Chloe Pillon from Creative Sustainability program, and Kaisa-Maria Suomalainen from Future Studies program (University of Turku). … Read more
  • Blog III – Strategy for Expatriate Finns
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Interior’s brief on ‘Strategy for expatriate Finns’.  — Group 3B: Amir Tahvonen and Savannah Vize from Creative Sustainability, and Hannah Roche and Shuaijun Zhang from Collaborative and Industrial Design. Defining an intervention: Looking for leverage … Read more
  • Blog III – Reducing the carbon footprint of public procurement – Kela Maternity package
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s brief on ‘Reducing the carbon footprint of procurement services’.   — Group 2B: Andre Helgestad, Nicole Grekov and Sara D’Angelo from the Creative Sustainability program and Shreya Shrivastava from the Collaborative and … Read more
  • Blog III – Pilot project for Personal budgeting and Mobility Services
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the brief on ‘Pilot project for Personal Budgeting Model’, provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) in collaboration with the ORSI project.   — Group 1B: … Read more
  • Blog II – Strategy for Expatriate Finns
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Interior’s brief on ‘Strategy for expatriate Finns’.   — Group 3C: Phuong Nguyen from the New Media Design program, Mõtus Lõmaš Kama from Collaborative and Industrial Design program (Exchange), Mariela Urra Schiaffino, Creative Sustainability program (Design … Read more
  • Blog II – Reducing the carbon footprint of public procurement – Kela Maternity package
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s brief on ‘Reducing the carbon footprint of procurement services’. — Group 2c: Joosep Laht and Loren Córdoba from Collaborative and Industrial Design program, and Tessa Kauppinen and Junrui Li from Creative … Read more
  • Blog II – Pilot project for Personal budgeting and Mobility Services
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the brief on ‘Pilot project for Personal Budgeting Model’, provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) in collaboration with the ORSI project. — Group 1C: Eve Nieminen … Read more
  • Blog I – Strategy for Expatriate Finns
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Interior’s brief on ‘Strategy for expatriate Finns’.   — Group 3A: Rūta Šerpytytė and Liisi Wartiainen from Collaborative and Industrial Design program, Chloe Pillon from Creative Sustainability program, and Kaisa-Maria Suomalainen from Future Studies program (University of Turku). … Read more
  • Blog I – Reducing the carbon footprint of public procurement – Kela Maternity package
      These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s brief on ‘Reducing the carbon footprint of procurement services’. — Group 2A: Xinghua Meng, Kalle Kaisko, Michael Buchta from the Creative Sustainability program and Amandine Fong from the Collaborative and … Read more
  • Blog I – Pilot project for Personal budgeting and Mobility Services
    These blog posts report on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The posts are written by groups dealing with the brief on ‘Pilot project for Personal Budgeting Model’, provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) in collaboration with the ORSI project. — Group … Read more
  • Become a transition hero
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’.  This group includes Ásta Ágústsdóttir, Sumi Moon, Ville Pellinen, and Shreya Sood. This blog post gives you a glimpse into the … Read more
  • Informing transitions in energy behavior
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’. The group includes Hsin-Yun Lai, Daniel Leiviskä, Anh Nguyen, and Emile Rebours. Since our last blog post, we have had … Read more
  • Leveraging community capabilities in energy transition
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’. The group includes Elizabeth Atkins, Elisa Dametto, Jane Lehtinen, and Uttishta Varanasi. Following the mid-review presentation in April, our team has shifted to generating … Read more
  • A school pact for climate education
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s brief on ‘Boosting Climate Education’. The group includes Zhengshuan Han, Noah Peysson, Rinna Saramäki, and Jelske van de Ven. The Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Environment and ORSI research consortium’s … Read more
  • Raising a carbon-neutral generation
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written by one of the groups dealing with the project brief ‘Boosting climate education’ provided by the Ministry of Environment (YM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) and the ORSI research project. … Read more
  • Teaching and growing climate knowledge
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written by one of the groups dealing with the project brief on ‘Boosting climate education’ provided by the Ministry of Environment (YM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM), the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) … Read more
  • Pinpointing the variables in transition to ‘post-oil heating in homes’
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’. This group includes Ásta Ágústsdóttir, Sumi Moon, Ville Pellinen and Shreya Sood. Last Tuesday, the 31st of March, we successfully … Read more
  • Information is crucial in a transition away from oil heating
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’. The group includes Hsin-Yun Lai, Daniel Leiviskä, Anh Nguyen, and Emile Rebours. In answering the questions on how to get rid of … Read more
  • Justice within the ‘just transition to post-oil heating’
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’. The group includes Elizabeth Atkins, Elisa Dametto, Jane Lehtinen, and Uttishta Varanasi. Since March, our team has been exploring the world of energy transitions … Read more
  • Climate Education – Whose values are we teaching?
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written by one of the groups dealing with the project brief ‘Boosting climate education’ provided by the Ministry of Environment (YM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) and the ORSI research project. … Read more
  • Insights and opportunities for climate education
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written by students addressing the project brief ‘Boosting climate education’ provided by the Ministry of Environment (YM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM), the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) and the ORSI research consortium. The group includes Rinna Saramäki, … Read more
  • Boosting climate education is all about people
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written by one of the groups dealing with the project brief on ‘Boosting climate education’ provided by the Ministry of Environment (YM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM), the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) … Read more
  • Making Consumer Rights Simple and Attractive
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s (running under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Trade) brief on ‘Boosting Consumer Rights for Finnish SMBs’. The group includes Natalia Villaman, Yu Chen and LiangYan Shen, … Read more
  • Post-its, coffee and wild ideas… Towards the Finale!
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups addressing the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s brief on ‘Boosting Consumer Rights’. The group includes Jiyoung Son and Xuyang Zhang from the MA Collaborative and Industrial Design program, Linh Duong from Corporate Communication program, David … Read more
  • Design for Government or Design of Government?
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Finance’s brief on ‘Aurora AI: Empowering Citizens through Artificial Intelligence.’ The group includes Mia Aintila from the Language Specialist Program (English) at University of Turku, He Dian and Mirko Wittka … Read more
  • Changing the mindset in anticipation of AI
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Finance’s brief on citizen empowerment through AI. The group includes Hoai Van Chu from Aalto’s IDBM program, Eva Duran Sanchez from Aalto’s Creative Sustainability program, Christopher Gros and Nehal Jain from Aalto’s Collaborative and Industrial Design program, and Nina Karisalmi from Aalto’s … Read more
  • Anticipating Consumer Rights through a Preventative Approach
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s (running under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Trade) brief on ‘Boosting Consumer Rights for Finnish SMBs’. The group includes Natalia Villaman, Yu Chen and LiangYan Shen, … Read more
  • Every entrepreneur starts somewhere
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups addressing the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s brief on ‘Boosting Consumer Rights’. The group includes Jiyoung Son from the MA Collaborative and Industrial Design program, Linh Duong from Corporate Communication program, David Martens from Master … Read more
  • Artificial Intelligence – enabling wellbeing and empowerment?
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Finance’s brief on ‘Aurora AI: Empowering Citizens through Artificial Intelligence.’ The group includes Mia Aintila from the Language Specialist Program (English) at University of Turku, He Dian and Mirko Wittka … Read more
  • Setting the stage for AuroraAI
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Finance’s brief on citizen empowerment through AI. The group includes Hoai Van Chu from Aalto’s IDBM program, Eva Duran Sanchez from Aalto’s Creative Sustainability program, Christopher Gros and Nehal Jain … Read more
  • Exploring AI challenges with stakeholders
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is jointly written by the two groups addressing the Ministry of Finance’s project brief. The groups include Mia Aintila from the Language Specialist Program (English) at University of Turku, Hoai Van Chu from Aalto’s International Design Business Management, He Dian, Eva Duran Sanchez and Mirko Wittka from Aalto’s Creative Sustainability program, … Read more
  • Exploring why Consumer Rights matter!
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by the students addressing with the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s brief on ‘Boosting Consumer Rights’: Aino Piirtola, Natalia Villaman, Karin Fröhlich, Shen LiangYan, Yu Chen, David Martens, Jiyoung Son, Linh Doung, Tiina Alanko and Xuyang Zhang. This makes 10 students working in two … Read more
  • An eventful future for Finland’s Hiking Areas
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the brief ‘The Future of Finland’s Hiking Areas: New Uses, Users and Identity’, by the Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture in collaboration with Metsähallitus. The group includes Aleksandra Anikina from the ‘Social and Public … Read more
  • “Nature doesn’t need us, we need nature!” – a DfG’18 report from the field
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups working on the brief, ‘The Future of Finland’s Hiking Areas: New Uses, Users and Identity,’ by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in collaboration with Metsähallitus. The group includes multi-disciplinary students from Aalto University’s MA … Read more
  • A carrot will never look the same again
    This blog post reports the final stages of our 14 weeks journey in the Design for Government DfG 2017 course! It is written by one of the two groups working with the brief of ‘A Model for Regional Sustainable Circular Food ’ commissioned by The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and The Ministry of the … Read more
  • Final stage – crazy ideas and practical proposals
    The post is written by one of the two groups working with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, and the Prime Minister’s Office on the brief on ‘Civil Servant 2.0: Future Work of Civil Servants’. The group includes Eeva Lehto and Yiding Zhang from the Collaborative … Read more
  • Turning Data into Insights
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups working with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, and the Prime Minister’s Office on the brief on ‘Civil Servant 2.0: Future Work of Civil Servants’. The … Read more
  • Design Games and Food Cycles
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the project brief ‘A Model for Regional Sustainable Circular Food’ from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Environment with Sitra and Motiva . The group includes Aalto students Andrea Cecilia Cuesta Claros from the MSc … Read more
  • Deep in the Solution Phase
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Transport and Communication’s brief on ‘Bottom-up mobility-as-a-service’. The group includes Jaakko Ikonen from the University of Helsinki’s M.Soc.Sci in Social and Public Policy program, María Ferreira Litowtschenko from Aalto University’s … Read more
  • Midterm excitement – halfway through and more challenges to come!
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Energy and maintenance in Finnish housing companies’.  The group includes Andre Vicentini from Aalto ARTS, MA in New Media Design and Production, Anssi Laurila from Aalto BIZ, … Read more
  • Starting the search for solutions
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the two groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s brief on ‘Waste Prevention by extending (electronic product) lifecycle’. The group includes Merja Lang from Turku University’s MA in Future Studies program and Noomi Schulman from Aalto’s MA Creative … Read more
  • Dancing with mobility systems
      Starting to dance with systems During the past two sessions of the DfG course we deepened our understanding of Empathic Design methodologies with practical exercises led by design researcher Juha Kronqvist.  Jane Fulton Suri from IDEO defines design empathy as “The ability to step into someone else’s shoes and to understand them through their experiences” (in Koskinen, … Read more
  • Defining the “define block”
    Editor’s note: We offered this blog as a platform to the DfG course participants who are documenting the DfG course for the readers to get a glimpse of how things went. This is one such post by Primary Producer’s Team 2, a.k.a. Team Tab. The previous posts gave an insight into what has happened during … Read more
  • DfG 2015 Behaviour Block
    Editor’s note: We offered this blog as a platform to the DfG course participants who are documenting the DfG course for the readers to get a glimpse of how things went. This is one such post by Project Piazza team 2. The previous post dived deeper into systems thinking and the creation of systems models. Based … Read more
  • DfG 2015 Systems Block – from problem solving to systems thinking
    Editor’s note: We offered this blog as a platform to the DfG course participants who are documenting the DfG course for readers to get a glimpse of how things went. This is one such post by School Fruits and Vegetables team 1. What are we up to? We are working with the Ministry of Agriculture … Read more
  • DfG 2015 Empathy Block
    Editor’s note: We offered this blog as a platform to the DfG course participants who are documenting the DfG course for readers to get a glimpse of how things went. This is one such post by Primary Producer’s Notification team 1. The previous post on the DfG blog took a look at the beginning of … Read more
  • DfG 2015 Orientation block
    Editor’s note: We offered this blog as a platform to the DfG course participants who are documenting the DfG course for readers to get a glimpse of how things went. This is one such post by Project Piazza Team 1. The journey has begun! We are twenty four ambitious students with various backgrounds selected to … Read more
  • Mid-term Review: Plastic Bags Theme – May 9, 2014
    After many weeks of iteration, student teams have come to a point to make decision – which idea to select and develop further for the client? – Part I
  • Mid-term Review: Accessibility Theme – May 9, 2014
    After many weeks of iteration, student teams have come to a point to make decision – which idea to select and develop further for the client? – Part II
  • 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?