This course, like all d.school courses, focuses on experiential learning through applying design thinking to real world governance challenges. However, due to the nature of the subject matter and the diversity of the backgrounds of the students in our classroom, it is important we establish a foundation in existing analytical approaches to improving governance. We also believe it is critical to reflect on the utility of design thinking tools and discuss alternate design processes. Below are the readings we have aggregated to this end.
What is Governance?
- Francis Fukuyama . 2013. “What Is Governance?.”
- World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People (Chapters 1-3)
- JPAL Governance Initiative. Governance Review Paper (Exec Summary and Introduction)
- Andrews, Pritchett, Woolcock. “Capability Traps? The Mechanisms of Persistent Implementation Failure.”
- Archon Fung, Hollie Russon Gilman, and Jennifer Shkabatur. “Six Models for the Internet + Politics.”
- Boston Review special “Can Technology End Poverty?”
- Archon Fung, Hollie Russon Gilman, and Jennifer Shkabatur. “Impact Case Studies from Middle Income and Developing Countries. New Technologies.”
- Shantayanan Devarajan, Stuti Khemani, Michael Walton. “Civic Society, Public Action, and Accountability in Africa.“
- Stanford Social Innovation Review Special Supplement Innovating on a Global Stage
- Beth Novek. Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful. (Chapters 2, 7, and 8)
- Renata Avila, et. al. “Global Mapping of Technology for Transparency and Accountability: New Technologies”
- McKinsey&Company. Government Designed for the New Times. (Note the contributions of Todd Park, Nandan Nilekani, and Matthew Taylor)
Critiques of Design Thinking
- Geoff Mulgan, “Design in Public and Social Innovation: What Works, What Could Work Better.”
- Design Sojourn blog post. “Design Thinking is Killing Creativity.”
- Eric Reis. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.
- Saugato Datta and Sendhil Mullainathan. 2012. “Behavioral Design: A New Approach to Development Policy.”
- Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, and Michael Woolcock. 2012. “Escaping Capability Traps through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA).”