This case concerns one of the earliest attempts by design thinkers at designing a large, complex system. It shows that design approaches in the public sector can look back at a long history. And it reveals how design thinking within the organization must include members of the whole organization in the design process.
Violent crime and the loss of young lives in assaults pose a frightening problem in many urban city districts. This case from Australia shows how the ‘Designing Out Crime Research Center’ aimed to devise solutions for Sydney’s Kings Cross area, recently renowned for its alcohol-fuelled violence.
The idea of citizen involvement is as old as the concept of democracy itself. But instead of collaborating with public representatives, civic initiatives are working more and more against the governmental sector. This is also reflected in a German word that has been recently coined: “Wutbürger” (literally: “enraged citizen”).
We met Akshay Kothari, one of the two co-founders of Pulse, a business reader app that was famously displayed by Steve Jobs at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2010 and was later acquired by LinkedIn for 90 Million Dollars. Akshay and his business partner Ankit Gupta started developing Pulse in 2010 when they were still students at Stanford.
One would not expect to find design thinking in a place where physicists and engineers use some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators and complex scientific instruments to probe the fundamental structure of the universe. Yet at CERN a design thinking initiative was started. Why?