What if Design and Public Health joined to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges?
Design and Public Health
Towards a Confluence
There has been tremendous progress in improving health around the world over the last century. Still, we are faced with persistent, intractable problems that continue to threaten our well-being. Bringing design to public health does not replace current approaches. Rather, it advances expertise in solving systemic challenges fraught with uncertainty due to intangible emotional, cultural, social factors that are difficult to measure and control.
Design for Well-Being
When people’s lives were simpler, slower, and offered fewer choices, organizations could be certain about what to make. But, as societies grew and diversified over time, organizations have not kept pace. Today, the fast and continuous change in people’s lives, producers’ technology, and world events make 20th-century traditional approaches unfit to address 21st-century challenges, including economic discrepancy, global climate change, and unregulated media.
We propose to advance the field of design towards improving the well-being of three interdependent constituencies: people, organizations, and the natural environment. Rather than approaching each part in isolation, we are investigating how they form a whole system that can give shape to new livelihoods.
Abstract In this article we argue that the field of design evolved to include helping organizations address complex problems in the face of uncertainty, but it has yet to build knowledge in a way that formalizes the various…
Over the course of two weeks in January 2020, students from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and from Tufts University joined fellow students from the Architecture and Design School at King Mongkut University of Technology…
The Harvard School of Public Health offered two separate workshops, one for individuals and one for teams, to help businesses master implementing a Culture of Health to improve public health and gain a competitive advantage. Patrick Whitney held…