We work with people and organizations within and outside Harvard interested in designing for well-being

Engagement Models

We engage organizations across sectors interested in developing near-term solutions to specific issues or long-term research projects focused on well-being. We also work directly with students, faculty, and researchers who aspire to address behavioral problems impacting well-being or apply design to a research agenda. We have two engagement models:

Parallel Journeys

A collaborator provides an initial framing as a start of independent research journeys. Teams leverage opportunities for knowledge sharing and integration throughout their processes and run a comparative analysis at the end.

Joint Ventures

We frame a problem and develop an interdisciplinary research project together. In the end, researchers situate their finds into their field’s body of work and explore new research agendas.

Whole View

We approach issues related to well-being using the Whole View, a conceptual model that shows the relationships among the various forces that tend to influence complex projects and supports multidisciplinary teams to “sketch” alternative futures.

The model alternates views of purpose, operations, offerings, and users, and it can be used to describe the current state of a project or organization or to prescribe changes. It helps teams visualize ideas and arguments, making them less abstract and easier to understand than when represented in words alone.

When used in complex projects, the Whole View brings a broader range of possibilities to the surface enabling teams to answer one strategic question: ‘What do we need to know to make change happen?’

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