about design dialogues

The Design Dialogues site houses all online publications from the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design.

This site is funded by the Stephan Weiss Lecture Series on Business Strategy, Negotiation and Innovation. This lectureship was launched in 2002 to commemorate the life of the late artist and sculptor Stephan Weiss, husband and business partner of the fashion designer Donna Karan. Weiss co-founded Donna Karan International in 1984, and was instrumental in every significant venture the company undertook: launching and structuring new brands, most notably the Donna Karan Beauty company; signing new licenses; establishing in-house legal and creative departments; devising its computer design technology; orchestrating the company’s initial public offering in 1996; and negotiating its sale to the current owner LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton.

about the school of design strategies

The School of Design Strategies is an experimental educational environment. We advance innovative approaches in design, business and education. In the evolving context of cities, services and ecosystems, we explore design as a capability and a strategy in the environmentally conscious practices of individuals, groups, communities and organizations. For more about the School of Design Strategies, visit the SDS Magazine.

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(New) Public Goods: Labs, Publics and Practices

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

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
The New School
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

The 2013-2014 Stephan Weiss Lecture Series 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.” 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.

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.

Please 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.

Order of Events

9:30am – 10:00am

Institutional Introductions/Opening Comments from Organizers

10:00am – 10:30am

Key Note: Christian Bason (MindLab, Copenhagen)

10:30am – 12:30pm

Morning panel/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)

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm – 2:30pm

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?

Guests: 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 senable the development of new capabilities for creating social change?

Guest: Cara George (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)


Wrap-up: Joeri van den Steenhoven (MaRS Solutions Lab, Toronto)
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