Design Thinking for Public Sector Innovation and Regional Development

Date: 
September 22, 2016
Location: 
Mid Sweden EU Office – Avenue Palmerston 3, 1st floor - B-1000 Brussels

To encourage public sector actors, i.e. cities, to actively use design-thinking, a strategic design approach and methods to support effective and innovative problem solving.
Target Group: 
Public sector actors, regional development agencies, universities, design agencies and design professionals, EU officials with an interest in design and innovation. Priority: professionals with an interest in strategic development and design thinking.
Challenge: 
The public sector in all European regions is facing new challenges due to i.e. digitalisation and ageing of population.
Impact and Outcomes of the Workshop: 
- Sharing of knowledge and experiences: participants learn how strategic design and design thinking has already been used in cities and regions in Europe. - The interactive workshop will enable participants to better identify prerequisites for a strategic approach to design, and solving public sector challenges through design. - Brainstorming and ideation in the workshop aims at a next steps- guide for participants to bring home to their respective organisations and regions.
Organisers: 

The public sector in all European regions is facing new challenges due to i.e. digitalisation and ageing of population. This workshop aims at encouraging public sector actors, i.e. cities, to actively use design-thinking and a strategic design approach and methods to support effective and innovative problem solving. Eindhoven and Rovaniemi as European cities in their respective regions (Central Europe versus High North of Europe) have created two different design strategies to solve challenges through design and design thinking. A short introduction of both case studies will be given, including design thinking principles and methods used. This introduction will be followed by a co-creation workshop session to innovate solutions for yourself: participants brainstorm and ideate together to recognize what it takes to create a strategic approach to design in a public sector organization or region. The interactive workshop will enable participants to better identify prerequisites for a strategic approach to design, and solving public sector challenges through design. Brainstorming and ideation in the workshop aims at a next steps guide for participants to bring home to their respective organisations and regions.

Agenda: 
Time: 
09:00 - 09:15
Agenda: 
Welcome and who are we? Introduction of participants and facilitators Vera Winthagen and Päivi Tahkokallio.
Time: 
09:15 - 09:45
Agenda: 
1. It is doable. From visions to actions in two European cities. By Vera & Päivi
Time: 
09:45 - 10:00
Agenda: 
2. Doable but not easy. Introduction of design thinking principles and methods used. By Vera & Päivi
Time: 
10:05 - 10:45
Agenda: 
3. Interesting, but where do I start? Discussions and brainstorming in teams to start creating a strategic yet practical approach to design in participant’s home towns. Identification of key stakeholders to initiate a co-design process.
Time: 
10:50 - 11:30
Agenda: 
4. You have a strategy, but how do you bring it into action? Discussions and brainstorming on pros and cons of top-down and bottom-up paths.
Time: 
11:35 - 12:00
Agenda: 
5. Let’s wrap this up. Outcomes, conclusions. By the end of the session you should know what to do next when you return home from Brussels.

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