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Offering Description

Design for Communities and Administration

Spring 2013 quarter

Cheryl Simrell King public administration

This short course examines the relatively new field of design thinking and its application to public endeavors.  In the intensive weekend, we examine contemporary approaches to social and physical problems and challenges, often called "wicked problems," from a design thinking perspective. Design thinking uses design methodologies such as observation, prototyping, building and storytelling, and can be applied to a wide range of people and problems/challenges. It brings together people from different disciplines to effectively explore, in collaboration, human-centered ideas.  While we'll study the theory of design thinking, the main focus of this short-course is on the application of design thinking in communities and administration. We will be looking at both design as a physical element to create/make/sustain communities as well as design as a method for social innovation, service delivery, and management.  Over the course of the weekend we'll study design thinking, cases of social innovation using design thinking, and work together to apply design thinking to real-world situations.  This course is applicable for students interested in social and administrative innovation and community building

Advertised Schedule
April 19-21 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
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Offered During
Evening and Weekend