Below are the courses I have created with Patrick Whitney for expanding the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health curriculum on design.
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 design frameworks and methods that can provide a complementary approach to the science of public health. We focus on the Whole View Model as a structure to grasp the immeasurable, to understand apparently inscrutable behavior, and to reframe difficult problems to come with surprising solutions.
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 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.
Below are the courses I created for expanding the IIT Institute of Design curriculum on sustainability.
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 can support sustainable design practices.
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 wellbeing 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.
Despite notable advances that discourses around sustainability-centered innovation practices have achieved, they are still leaving an exponentially growing environmental and social degenerative footprint across socio-ecological systems. This course will introduce students to eight innovation lenses capable of advancing sustainability-centered innovation practices.