Playdoh, Lego blocks, tape laying on simple map

Innovative prototypes spark discussions between residents and local authorities

To help a local government department in the UK foster more public participation in its strategic planning processes, we ran a Public Future Lab in which we used innovative prototypes to reduce participation barriers for local residents.  We didn’t want to just tell them our concepts, so we used a variety of different prototypes including a re-imagined web interface, a visualization of a gamefully designed social application, an animation of a new service experience, and a physical model of a public installation. This approach proved to be very effective, showing that communicating visually and tangibly can help traverse boundaries when working with diverse members of the public. Also, playful and interactive elements put participants at ease so they open up and share their opinions.

Learning by doing

The best way to learn a new skill or a new way of working is to actually do it. This does not mean however that you have to start from scratch and figure everything out by…

Exploring Remote Teamwork

Over the past decade, as more digital tools have become available for remote collaboration, and more organisations have embraced flexible working, teamworkers…

Global online learning

The Reach Network of professionals in design and innovation has brought its seasoned practitioners from around the world together to create 5 masterclasses on

Exploring listening experiences

Stations, the new app introduced by Spotify in the US, offers a radio-like listening experience for users who don’t tend to curate their own playlists and listen …

Speculative design with MSF

In collaboration with our Indian REACH partner Quicksand, we helped Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to rethink their role as a global organisation within the future…

Collaborative R&D Labs

What Design Can Do and STBY have recently tried out a new format for bringing professionals together to develop their thinking and practices around complex societal…

Supporting the energy transition

As part of a large scale national program to transition the use of energy in the Netherlands from natural gas to electricity, the Dutch government is eager to learn…