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As problem-solvers working in or with government, the challenges we navigate are complex, the solutions never simple, and the time horizons long. At the same time, tiny decisions present the opportunity for big impact. So how do we make change happen in responsible, human-centered, and lasting ways?
This two-week course will illustrate the variety of ways in which design can be applied to public sector and builds skills to support actionable change. You will cultivate design thinking, problem solving, and innovation skills and apply them to your own problem or project. This course is especially useful for people open to nonlinear processes who want to deal with uncertainty in new ways.
All participants are expected to bring their own project challenge to this course. Through a mix of engagements - workshops, coaching, peer-to-peer networking, and storytelling forums - you will leave this course with a plan for how to move your project forward as well as a network of peers working in a similar space.
During this course, you will participate in a mix of:
You will leave the course with a toolkit of civic design methods and tools and identified next steps for how to move your project forward. Building off the Human-Centered Design Fundamentals, Civic Design Studio helps you build your own sustainable design practice.
Many alumni move on to in-depth design coaching focused on a particular area of interest or to initiate their own human-centered design project at their agency.
We welcome any anyone and everyone—with or without previous design experience—to join us for this course.
Though not a pre-requisite, the Human-Centered Design Fundamentals, can be a useful primer.
After registration, The Lab at OPM will follow-up with participants to provide detailed instructions and pre-work.
Online courses use Zoom for audio and screensharing and Mural as a collaborative, online workspace. You do not need to create accounts or download any programs in order to access these technologies. More information and instructions will be shared prior to the course.
Participant Testimonial"We really dug into our problem! It feels like a luxury to get to think at length about it.""This feels like a master’s level course in the best possible way. Challenging and insightful."
Course formerly known as: Design School