April 1, 2014
Nonprofit service design organization Public Policy Lab is seeking a multimedia journalist fellow to join their team in New York City for a short term assignment. The role entails capturing visual and audio content and creating stories across a range of multimedia platforms while working closely with the public and project teams. The fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend for working approximately 2 days a week over a 4-week period beginning in May 2014. If you’re interested in joining their team, download the complete fellowship description here and apply by April 8, 2014.
Public programs are how our society invests in citizens. Too often, however, public services don’t feel very friendly, or even very useful. Here at the Public Policy Lab, we think the solution lies with the people themselves: when services are thoughtfully designed to serve the needs of their users, to be engaging and easy to use, then they’re more satisfying for citizens, as well as more effective and cost-efficient for government.
Click here to read more and apply for the Multimedia Journalist Fellowship by April 8, 2014, online at PublicPolicyLab.org.
March 26, 2014
Our own editor and Design Affects founder Katie Crepeau took to the pages of the AIA Young Architects Forum ‘Connection’ issue on Advocacy. In “Fellowships: Redesigning Public Service,” she traverses through the evolution and emergence of architectural fellowship opportunities in the public realm, citing diverse institutions such as the Van Alen Institute, Public Policy Lab, and San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Innovation. Together with articles from Design Corps’ Bryan Bell, Center for Public Interest Design’s Sergio Palleroni, Enterprise Community Partners‘ Katie Swenson, Urban Land Institute’s Jess Zimbabwe, and many others, the Advocacy issue highlights the ever-expanding opportunities for architects to make an impact in new ways.
What happens between obtaining an architecture degree and a practicing license typically goes one of three ways: work, return to a university for post-grad studies, or abandon the profession altogether. However, this window of opportunity has the potential to be much more exploratory, both creatively and professionally… how might someone bridge the gap between education and practice by continuing creative interests and grounding oneself in the practicalities of design and building?
March 19, 2014
The Public Policy Lab has been on a roll with disseminating reports and findings from their various public projects. Joining the resource shelf with ‘Designing Services for Housing’ and ‘Understanding the School Choice Experience,’ the ‘Preliminary Evaluation Plan’ follows up on implementing the pilot projects for the Designing Services for Housing project. The publication details the Public Policy Lab fellows’ support activities in collaboration with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. We compliment them on the transparency with information, methods, and outcomes in an easily-digestible format.
Our fellows are supporting the pilot roll-out and also collaborating with the agency to evaluate the implementation process and eventual pilot outcomes… This plan will be followed by two more evaluation reports. The second report will assess pilot implementation, while the third will focus on project impacts.
March 11, 2014
The National Endowment for the Art’s Design Programs office, led by Director Jason Schupbach, are convening panels of leading international practitioners to present case studies and provide insights on successful design models from around the globe. Entitled ‘Learning from Abroad,’ the webinar series comprises three discussions, each lasting one hour with presentations by experts and a Q&A session with audience members. The schedule to tune into the live broadcast is:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EDT
Finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize – How Did They Do It?
Moderated by Mariam Masud, Icsid, in discussion with Anton Ljunggren, Biolite HomeStove; Johan Karlsson, Refugee Housing Unit; and Dr. David Swann, ABC Syringe.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EDT
When Government Meets Design
Moderated by Camilla Buchanan, Design Council UK, in discussion with Beatrice Andrews, UK Cabinet Office’s Open Policy Making Team; Chelsea Mauldin, Public Policy Lab; and Abby Wilson, The Lab @ Office of Personnel Management.
Click here to read more and register for NEA’s ‘Learning from Abroad’ webinar series, online at Arts.Gov.
February 26, 2014
Service design non-profit Public Policy Lab has just released a project storybook on “Understanding NYC School Choice.” In partnership with the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and the Office of Student Enrollment, the team conducted interviews with dozens of policymakers, school staff, parents, and 8th and 9th graders. After this ‘discovery’ phase, they identified four key needs that everyone in the process shares and proposed more than 30 opportunities to design services that respond to those needs–ready for implementers to take charge!
Each year more than 75,000 students navigate the admissions process to apply for seats at New York City’s 700+ public high school programs… Ultimately, we hope that the discovery process outlined in this document will inform the design of supports that assist students — particularly those from high-need and non-English-speaking families — in making more informed and confident decisions when applying to high school.
Click here to download and read “Understanding NYC School Choice,” online at PublicPolicyLab.org.
February 6, 2014
Heading into its second year, the popular Impact! Design for Social Change webinar series organized by the School of Visual Arts and Design Ignites Change kicks off on Friday, February 21, 2014. Worldstudio principal Mark Randall will return to host the free 30-minute sessions with business leaders, creative professionals and social change influencers and explore how design-driven ideas for social good are launched. The six webinars this year include:
Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:30pm EST
“Strategy Mapping: Starting Out Right”
with John Bruce, Forward Mapworks
Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:30pm EST
“Design Citizen: Working with the Government”
with Chelsea Mauldin, Public Policy Lab
Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:30pm EST
“Embedded Design: Impact from the Bottom Up”
with Ramsey Ford, Design Impact
Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:30pm EST
“The Legal Labyrinth: Where Do I Begin?”
with Carly Leinheiser, Perlman and Perlman
January 8, 2014
An 18-month study on New York City’s affordable housing services, conducted by the Public Policy Lab, the Parsons Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab, and New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development, has been presented in an 80-page publication available for free on Public Policy Lab’s website. This extensive yet delightful report documents the team’s service design process, including context studies, a kit of ideas, pilot proposals, and evaluation, with a mix of narrative, images, diagrams, and data. If you are involved or interested in affordable housing design and services, this report will provide you with provocative insights beyond building design derived from residents who utilize government services to find affordable accommodations. Kathryn Matheny, former Chief of Staff for the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, summarizes the collaborative experience:
Focusing on living conditions is not, in itself, an innovation for HPD employees — it is concern for residents and their quality of life that drives us, day in and day out, in our provision of services to New Yorkers. But viewing those services through the eyes of designers, residents, and service providers offers a clarifying perspective nonetheless — one that highlights the challenges residents can face when attempting to access and navigate the broad array of public services offered by the city of New York. It is my hope that by the end of this unique collaboration we will have gained a better understanding of that experience and used it to improve the clarity, effectiveness, and efficiency of our interactions with residents and the building owners who develop and maintain housing.
Click here to download “Designing Services for Housing,” online at PublicPolicyLab.org.
April 23, 2013
The Public Policy Lab, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education (DOE)–the largest school district in the country, with more than 1.1 million students and 1,700 schools–is investigating “how to create a better application experience for all students.” The organizations are currently accepting applications from professionals interested in participating in this project as Public Policy Lab Fellows. Three fellowships are available in the areas of design research, visual design, and project strategy. The application deadline is May 5, 2013.
Each year over 75,000 of New York City students participate in a complex school-selection and application process to gain admission to city public high schools. During the spring and summer of 2013, the Public Policy Lab will be investigating how to create a better application experience for all students, particularly those from low-income and non-English-speaking families, in order to support long-term gains in college and career readiness. This work is a partnership with the DOE’s Innovation Zone (iZone).
Click here to learn more about this NYC DOE opportunity from the Public Policy Lab, online at PublicPolicyLab.org.
December 13, 2012
On Tuesday, we published the first in a three-part series of “year end” pieces on Architizer, our 2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review. The history is that a year ago, Archinect published our “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012–For The Public Good.” Here we are, a year later and wiser, to take a quick look back.
1. The TED Prize was awarded to “The City 2.0”
2. Design for America has, indeed, spread its wings
3. The Public Interest Design Institute hit the road
4. The 1% program eclipsed 1,000 firms
5. The Intern Development Program 2.0 took effect
6. Design Like You Give a Damn 2 hit the shelves
7. Studio H, the documentary, due out in 2013
8. Archiculture film in production
9. U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showcased “Spontaneous Interventions”
10. Public Policy Lab took shape
Bonus: Rounding up to 12, one public interest media site reboots, while another waits.
Click here to read our “2012 Top 10 Public Interest Design Predictions in Review,” online at Architizer.com.
March 12, 2012
Several posts here at PublicInterestDesign.org have promoted and lamented the relatively small number of post-graduate opportunities to put ones skills to work for the public good, with the most recent being our call for a global design service corps. Today, we join Architectural Record in celebrating existing post-graduate fellowship opportunities in humanitarian design. All but one constitutes a full-time commitment for several months or more, paying anywhere from a few hundred dollars a month to live in India and Rwanda, to $50,000 or more for domestic fellowships. Most qualify for federal student loan deferrals, and some have provisions for partial or full student loan forgiveness, along with other educational credits. Each of the programs offer direct or indirect leadership training and other benefits.
The profiled range from federal programs, like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, to opportunities with Architecture for Humanity, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, Design Corps, Design Impact, Design Trust for Public Space, Emerging Terrain, the Enterprise Rose Fellowship, MASS Design Group as part of its partnership with Global Health Corps, IDEO.org, the Loeb Fellowship, Public Policy Lab, and the Van Alen Institute. These are tremendous opportunities and we only wish there were many more of the sort.