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…

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…

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.…