This is the blog for a new course at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (also known as the d.school), Rebooting Government with Design Thinking. We are a passionate group of faculty and students inspired by the potential for human-centered design, alongside new technologies, to transform the public sector. Throughout the spring quarter, we’ll explore citizens’ needs and governments’ capabilities to spur creative ideas about how to make government more efficient, empower people to have a say in how they are governed, and hold those in power accountable for what they deliver. This course is part of the Governance Collaboratory, a new program at Stanford which will support governance innovation around the world.
In this project-based class, students will work intensively on concrete design challenges with two unique partners: a groundbreaking civil society activist in Sierra Leone and the City Manager of East Palo Alto. By working with government reformers on the inside and a civil society activist on the outside, the course will explore the challenges of fostering innovations in governance from both sides of the formal institutional divide. Students will also examine governance from a theoretical and empirical perspective, enabling them to see how design thinking complements the analytical and policy approaches already being employed.
Throughout the quarter, students will be blogging about their experience and learnings here.