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C. Todd Lombardo

Adjunct Faculty and Consultant, IE Business School


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How can design thinking help government?

We hear the catch-phrase "design thinking" thrown around a lot these days. I'm certainly guilty of that as well. I'm curious to how we can use the tools of design thinking to improve governments? Is it possible to do with all the layers and politics in government? What do you think would be the first step?


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  • Mar 11 2011: Soon technological innovation and insurmontable complexity just may outstrip the old ways of solving the problems of governance so that our only recourse will be the supercomputers of the future taking over major design decisions.
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      Mar 20 2011: I hope the designers of these "supercomputers of the future" will base major design decisions with a mind to adaptability and customization. I believe there is more and more evidence to suggest that successful establishments in the human realm are deathly allergic to industrialization. Local energy production, local governance, local agriculture. Successful because one solution does not fit all.
      • Apr 5 2011: "Successful establishments" are known to you because they work. There are no doubt scores of human projects that have perished regardless of their allergic or non-allergic response to industrialization. Besides,speaking of perishing ,I thought most of the anti-industrial sentiments at the core of 60's liberalism had been thrown overboard as soon as this wonderful thing called the internet appeared on the scene some time ago. I guess it lingers on.Probably good that it does.A critical eye can see what an accepting one does not.

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