Public Policy Lab works to improve public services by increasing the public sector’s capacity to solve complex problems through design methods. Executive Director Chelsea Mauldin highlights the various efforts of her organization to negotiate change in NYC by integrating design tools into the work of policy officials. Included in the presentation is the official release of the Rockefeller-supported Designing Services For Housing, a joint-project between PPL, Parsons DESIS and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

(New) Public Goods: Labs, Practices and Public, organized by Parsons DESIS Lab in May of 2014, was a remarkable convening of lab practitioners, designers, social scientists, researchers and policy officials to discuss the various projects and practices of public innovation, sketching out the details of the emerging field of labs.

Faced with a growing set of complex and interrelated challenges that are public in nature, institutions are developing new approaches to enabling social change. Among the most effective approaches have been labs, dedicated and experimental places for interdisciplinary teams to innovate in the public realm. This event explored in-depth how these approaches play out in reality, offering a chance for critical reflection and next steps.