From Designing for to Making With, InWithForward uses ethnography, research and prototyping to turn social safety nets into trampolines. How can co-design be used to bridge formal systems and informal systems, enabling positive behavior and outcomes? Dr. Sarah Schulman, co-founder of InWithForward, asks how practitioners can co-own change with everyday people, turning service system processes into feedback loops.
(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.