Design for policy
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Nothing bonds (or sometimes divides) Singaporeans like our food. As a nation rich in foodies, across cuisines, tastes and spice-levels, and in an era of convenience stores, hawker delivery and tech grocery stores, it’s easy to think of our nationally adored food culture as one of infinite possibilities.
Yet with the growing pressures of climate change and our dependence on food imports, we need to think about how our relationship with food may need to change in the future.
They have come from all over the globe – some of the best and brightest students from the world’s premier research institutions.
And they have come with one purpose in mind: to learn about how policy is made, how it might be made better and how it will be made in the future they will help to create.
It’s an ambitious goal to say the least: attempting to transform the way an entire nation makes and executes public policy.
But it’s one that is well-suited to the ThinkPlace methodology and a challenge that our Wellington studio - working with a coalition of policy leaders, young analysts and all those in between - took on with relish.
In 2017, ThinkPlace worked with governments, businesses and not-for-profits across Asia to bring about change that has positively influenced people and the communities, economies and environments they are part of.
This year, we are measuring our success by impact, mapping our work to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 targets which UN member states have united around as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
You have probably heard that we cannot predict the future, but we can invent it. There is truth to this. Certainly, we are unlikely to get to where we want to go if we passively accept what comes.
But our environment is complex. An equally unsuccessful strategy is to take a single “big bang” action and expect it to have the effect we hoped for. The world rarely moves in a straight line from the known present to our planned future.
Public sector work is becoming more complex and challenging. We see increased disillusionment with democracy and distrust of public institutions. Governments are facing wicked challenges—climate change, terrorism, a global refugee crisis—often with tightening budgets.
In this environment, we need new approaches to public services, policies and institutions. We need methods that work with limited resources and invite citizens to be part of solutions. Design thinking is one method that offers a way to make sense of complex public sector challenges.