The intersection of design and social innovation is attracting growing attention. An increasing number of practitioners and enthusiasts are convinced that strategic design is key to unlocking some of today’s most pressing challenges. But what does it mean in practice? How are leading practitioners employing strategic design to inform policy, generate new enterprises and shake systems? This lecture with Helsinki Design Lab, a project initiated by Sitra, the Finnish innovation fund, explored how strategic design processes can be used to invent new means of effecting change in policy, business, and civil society.

Bryan Boyer advises companies and governments on innovative development initiatives. At Sitra his main project was Helsinki Design Lab, an internationally recognized platform for strategic design and social innovation. Justin W. Cook was Sitra’s academic liaison for the US and served as the organization’s Sustainable Development Lead. He helped design and build the Low2No Sustainable Urban Development initiative and managed its implementation.