Design Thinking for Policymakers


Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Room 226

Ash Center Technology and Democracy Workshop Series

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit.

Space is limited! RSVP required at Eventbrite

This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill. Equipment (a laptop, etc.) or prerequisite reading may be required.


Learn the basics of design thinking and apply it to real-world policy problems in this workshop. You’ll leave having contributed solutions to a policy problem and with the knowledge of how to incorporate these techniques into your work. No prior design or design thinking experience or specific policy-area expertise required.

Design thinking is a creative process used by Fortune 500s, design firms, start-ups, non-profits, and governments to develop products, services, and experiences through a focus on user outcomes. By taking a human-centered, non-judgmental, collaborative, and agile approach, design thinkers can rapidly create, test, and improve their projects.


Led by Hila Mehr, Senior Analyst for Market Development and Insights, IBM


About the Series

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, cocurricular events designed to help HKS students develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend 3 hours working together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-word scenarios.

The series is co-sponsored by Tech PIC, a technology-focused student group at Harvard Kennedy School.