Courses

Education is a collaborative social effort to better prepare, equip, and empower humans to design and enable better futures. In this pursuit, I have created, taught, and co-led graduate courses at the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), IIT Institute of Design (ID), and Lucerne School of Art and Design (LSAD). I have also created executive education for senior leadership in corporations, foundations, and public sector. Below are short descriptions of the graduate courses I have created and their respective institutions.


Cities for Well-Being 

Worldwide, urban developers and government institutions are conceptualizing new cities to reduce the gap between modern approaches to urban design and the contemporary demand from healthier, happier, and more prosperous lifestyles. But, without the ability to deal with the complexity of human behavior, they merely adapt existing approaches towards less harmful ones. This course presents to students a new model that can support organizations across sectors to incorporate considerations of activities of daily into their urban design practices, and contribute to overcome public health challenges. (HSPH)


Design for Social Innovation 

While public health has made tremendous improvements in countless lives, many of the most perplexing health problems remain unsolved. Often these seemingly intractable problems are caused by behaviors driven by culture, emotion and other factors that are difficult to measure. This course exposes students from across Harvard University and others in the Boston Area to advanced design frameworks and methods that can provide a complementary approach to public health. (HSPH)


Sustainable Systems

This course exposes students to the complexity of sustainable development, and explores systems-based approaches to enhance the design processes towards sustainable solutions. Through key concepts of industrial ecology, circular economy, and system-thinking, students focus on how environmental performance approaches can support more sustainable design practices. (ID)


See Change, Sketch Tomorrow 

In this course, students explore design models that can help individuals and organizations integrate considerations of human behavior with their strategies and operations to make progress in the face of uncertainty. They are then expose to a new methodology created to help teams identify patterns of behavior at the population level from personal experiences, and transform them into opportunity spaces for creating meaningful interventions. (ID)


Sustainable Solutions Seminar

Even though it is well acknowledged that the unprecedented interconnectivity of the world economy, the global society, and the natural environment has a direct impact in the local lives and well-being of communities, yet change makers still struggle to understand how these forces can shape contexts, circumstances, and experiences, limiting their ability to envision livelihoods. In this course students learn key principles and concepts on complex adaptive systems in relation to systems design for understanding how multiple lenses of innovation are shaping value creation and new economies. (ID)


Leading Teams for Public Impact 

Scalable leadership requires working with and through others. Teams have become the preferred working unit for organizations and governance, addressing policy innovation and multi-sector problems. As community problems increase in scope and complexity, delivering change via teams is increasingly necessary. The purpose of this course is to increase the odds of individual success in leading and managing teams in public, non-governmental, and private organizations. (HKS)


Innovation Lenses

Despite notable advances that discourses around sustainability-centered innovation practices have achieved, they are still leaving an exponentially growing environmental and social degenerative footprint. This course introduces students to eight innovation lenses capable of advancing sustainability- and equity-oriented efforts to promote systems change. (ID)


Sustainability Challenges

Even though design has developed approaches that helped specific organizations meet the perceived needs of their selected market segments, environmental concerns and structural social barriers are yet to be incorporated. The missing link between design’s social, ecological, and technical aspects has led to unintended consequences that increase the complexity of sustainable and equitable solutions. This course exposes students to sustainability and equity’s systemic and behavioral complexity and explores design approaches that can enable bold and meaningful interventions. (LSAD)