Systems thinking and Systems maps by Esko Reinikainen

This lecture takes an introductory look at how to view governments and their current challenges through a systems thinking perspective. It will begin with a high-level overview of the mental models upon which modern liberal democracies have been built. These mental models are largely built on industrial era linear thinking ideas. The lecture will then … Read more

Design for policy by Jocelyn Bailey

Designing for Policy: What is Policy? How does policymaking work? How might design intersect with policymaking? And what are the strengths and weaknesses in this emerging field? Jocelyn will introduce some of the key terms, debates and issues in designing for policy. Jocelyn is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Social Design Institute of … Read more

Designers and Design in government – DfG alumni cases

Anni Leppänen & Jane Lehtinen The role of design in the public sector and governmental organizations is rapidly expanding, together with the transformation of policy, civil service work and more participatory and citizen-centric governance. Our alumni Jane Lehtinen (DfG Alumni 2020) and Anni Leppänen (DfG Alumni 2015), will share their experiences about the role of … Read more

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).