See Change: Overcoming Anti-Black Racism in Health Systems

Anti-Black racism embedded in contemporary health systems harms Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPoC) in concert with various diseases. Seemingly unrelated at first, the COVID-19 pandemic is a recent example that reveals how the combined manifestations of anti-Black racism in disease governance, course, and burden exacerbate the historic and still present subjugation of Black people. Thus, such conditions highlight a biosocial network that intricately propagates and consolidates systems of…

The Post-Industrial Legacy in Brazil

The design of restorative and regenerative processes in post-industrial territories presents complex and ambiguous challenges that require organizations to account for the intertwined interactions between social, ecological, and technical components shaping experiences of daily life. Devalorized cultural traditions, high levels of soil and air pollution, large numbers of abandoned buildings, and outdated zoning policies are a few examples of complex conditions posing significant barriers to improving the well-being of low-wealth…

Tactical Design For Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the lives of billions upside down, demanding a rapid response from governments, corporations, and medical professionals the world over. It also offered students and researchers the opportunity to study those responses in real-time. During the summer of 2021, André Nogueira supported Prof. Carlos Teixeira and a group of students from the IIT Institute of Design and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in their exploration…

She Ji Theme Issue: Design and Public Health

André Nogueira, Ph.D., Patrick Whitney, and Carlos Teixeira, Ph.D., are guest editors of the Design and Public Health Theme Issue for the She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. This Issue invites contributions to explore how design and public health can complement each other in enabling the well-being of people, organizations, and the natural environment. She Ji is a peer-reviewed, trans-disciplinary design journal that provides a unique forum to…

Learning Ecology: an emerging network of learners expanding ecological literacy

In February 2021, thirty-five people who are dedicating their lives, time, insights, passion, and money to conserving natural systems and wildlife were joined by fifteen designers and other innovators involved with organizational change. They were assembled for a “design sprint” on Zoom to explore how design frameworks and methods could help various organizations informally linked by their purpose enhance conservation efforts in a changing world. Collectively known as the Conservation…

Project explores pandemic life through a design lens

Karen Feldscher, Professor Whitney, and Professor Nogueria have a conversation about the D-Lab’s project Whole Life: Designing Life After Covid-19. This article is part of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s News, which highlights the current research being conducted by faculty and students. To read the full article, please click here.

Cutting Cubes Out of Fog: The Whole View of Design

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 activities embraced by the field. We use our relationship with the school of public health at Harvard to illustrate the advantages of formalizing design knowledge more explicitly. We introduce the Whole View…

Happy Cities: A New Model for Urban Interventions

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 Thonburi and from the Department of Industrial Design (IDP) at Chulalongkorn University for an immersion  “Happy Cities – A Model for Urban Interventions”. The class took place at the Research and Innovation…

Driving Business Performance: Culture of Health for Executive Leaders

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 a workshop that utilized the Whole View Model to teach participants methods to develop a Culture of Health at their organizations. Health expenditures accounted for 17.9% of the U.S. GDP in 2016–one…

Advanced Leadership Initiative: Designing for Real User Needs

Harvard created the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) to unleash the potential of experienced individuals exercising leadership across the world to help solve society’s most pressing challenges. Over the years, faculty from across Harvard’s professional schools have joined forces to help build knowledge around issues that demand interdisciplinary leadership skills. During ALI’s 2019 Public Health Deep Dive, Patrick Whitney brought design as an essential component to help solve complex public health…