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(New) Public Goods: Labs, Publics and Practices

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

The 2013-2014 Stephan Weiss Lecture Series at Parsons The New School of Design, concludes with a day-long event entitled “(New) Public Goods: Labs, Publics and Practices.” The event builds on conversations from the Fall 2013 Weiss Lecture, “(New) Public Goods: Design, Politics and Aesthetics,” and will seek to move some of the conceptual ideas that emerged out of the previous event into conversation with more practical, grounded or project-based examples of “design for the public good,” “design for public policy,” or “design for social innovation.”

This event will also mark the conclusion of a two-year project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation entitled “Designing Services for Housing,” and will include a presentation on the project outcomes.

Join us for a day of stimulating presentations and conversation around a growing set of sites and practices working to effect new kinds of innovation in the public realm. Distinguished invited guests represent a broad international range of “public innovation places” or labs, and they will present and critically reflect on their current work within such spaces.

Order of Events:

9:30–10:00 a.m.
Institutional Introductions/Opening Comments from Organizers

10:00-10:30 a.m.
Key Note: Christian Bason (MindLab, Copenhagen) 

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Morning panels/Moderator: Fred Dust (IDEO)
Publics and Inclusion: How are we imagining the publics we are designing for? How are we facilitating inclusionary practice amongst citizens?
Guest: Sara Schulman (InWithForward, Rotterdam) 

Design as Politics/Political Design: What are the values that are driving work in this field? Is the lab a vehicle for promoting specific political or ideological values (e.g. user-centered practice, challenging bureaucracy, diversity is good, etc.)? If so, how might this fact inform or shape the work of the lab?
Guest: Nigel Jacob (New Urban Mechanics, Boston)

Situated Knowledge or “Design from Somewhere”: How does the position from which we design solutions (e.g. public vs. private sector, geographic location, designer training and background, etc.)?
Guest: Gabriella Gomez Mont (Lab for the City, Mexico City)

1:00– 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon panel/Moderator: Bryan Boyer (MakeShift Society)
Designing Public Goods: How are problems of social and political complexity rendered as “design problems”? Inner complexity of government/bureaucracy as design problem vs. outer complexity of social realities. How can designers serve as mediators or facilitators in this space?

Guest: Seth Schoenfeld (iZone, NYC)

Design for Capabilities: How are design methodologies and design research practices being used to drive innovation among a range of civil servants? How might design principles and practices help enable the development of new capabilities for creating social change?
Guest: Abby Wilson (OPM Innovation Lab, DC)

Public and Collaborative: Co-Designing and Co-Producing Public Service
Guests: Chelsea Mauldin (Public Policy Lab, NYC) and Eduardo Staszowski (Parsons DESIS Lab, NYC)

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Concluding remarks
Joeri van den Steenhoven (MaRS Solutions Lab, Toronto)

This event is free, but reservations are required by clicking on the top right register button.

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