The Smartest City
How Design Thinking and Collaborative Governance Can Reshape Our Cities
Type of Degree
- October 16, 23 & 30
Each day the course runs from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Regular Tuition: $1,995
Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.
Dramatic economic shifts, accelerated changes in communication, and the failure of classic institutions have lead to a vast amount of global confusion. Previously, as seen in a number of sectors over the past several decades, design has been used as a systematic approach toward solving wicked problems from constructing city skyscrapers to navigating the early days of the World Wide Web. Public policy by way of this design thinking is the process of actively considering stakeholders needs and desires during policy design in order to effectively develop and create a course of action that attains a desired societal outcome. This seminar introduces participants to the concept of design thinking for policy by way of user-centered design as a means to facilitate both collaborative governance and innovative policy solutions.
By the end of the class, students will be able to:
- Define the concept of design thinking in the context of modern and emerging public sector services;
- Identify what makes design a tool and distinct process for driving innovative policy solutions;
- Develop and apply existing models of policy design for social change at both the local and regional levels; and
- Effectively implement user experience research as a means to facilitate both collaborative governance and innovative policy solutions.
This course is for government, nonprofit, and private sector employees interested in design as a tool for innovation in policy-making and collaborative governance.
Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment
The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading Change; Business Acumen; Results Driven; Building Coalitions.
Scott Schmidt is an American researcher, designer, and educator. He is currently a Research Associate at the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Design Management and Communications program at Georgetown University and Master of Public Administration program at Clemson University. His research examines the effect of design on innovation in evidence-based policy-making and collaborative governance.
Previously, Scott served as a digital transformation lead at several federal government institutions including the House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, and Federal Reserve Bank. His work centered on leveraging emerging digital technologies in order to create a more open and transparent government while considering ethical and policy related effects.
During the 2008 financial crisis, Scott was a Special Assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner where he served as a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to this he began his career as a Policy Assistant at the House Committee on Energy & Commerce.
Scott completed his B.A. in Communication and Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo and M.P.P. in Science and Technology at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. An Eagle Scout and former lifeguard, Scott now volunteers as an adviser to the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of U.S. Masters Swimming.
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