The Institute for Design and Public Policy (IDPP)

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI

IDPP focuses on the nexus of inclusive design and public policy to identify and develop collaborative solutions to pressing problems. Led by expert designers and educators from RISD and a diverse group of guest lecturers and critics from across sectors, participants will build design capacities through experience-based learning, understanding concrete tools that translate innovation from an abstract idea into a replicable process, and builds new cross-sector communities of practice to be able to advance it.

2017 topic: Designing Participatory Cultures: Civic and Government Futures

Around the world, a new culture of participation is transforming how we learn, live, work, and relate to one another. Not a new phenomenon, participatory culture has expanded its meaning to include one of the prevailing characteristics of our time: the growing demand by private individuals to act not just as consumers, but as contributors, initiators or producers. We have seen sweeping change seen in areas such as education, public health and healthcare, social innovation, and cities.

Has participatory culture equally transformed government? Will it? Can it?

2018 dates to be announced soon. Follow @RISDExEd or sign up for updates.