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…

Rethinking WHO: Students see a bigger role for frontline health workers

Students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and across the University came together at the Harvard iLab over the fall semester of 2017 for an innovative new course—Design of Social Innovation. While some may have thought of “design” as the process of creating a building or smartphone, by the end of the course, they realized that they could utilize design to tackle large, ambiguous problems in public health.…