Design Thinking for the Greater Good

Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and Daisy Azer

Columbia Business School Publishing,  September 2017

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Facing especially wicked problems, social sector organizations are searching for powerful new methods to understand and address them. Design Thinking for the Greater Goodgoes in depth on both the how of using new tools and the why. As a way to reframe problems, ideate solutions, and iterate toward better answers, design thinking is already well established in the commercial world. Through ten stories of struggles and successes in fields such as health care, education, agriculture, transportation, social services, and security, the authors show how collaborative creativity can shake up even the most entrenched bureaucracies—and provide a practical roadmap for readers to implement these tools.

The design thinkers Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and Daisy Azer explore how major agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services and the Transportation and Security Administration in the United States, as well as organizations in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, have instituted principles of design thinking. In each case, these groups have used the tools of design thinking to reduce risk, manage change, use resources more effectively, bridge the communication gap between parties, and manage the competing demands of diverse stakeholders. Along the way, they have improved the quality of their products and enhanced the experiences of those they serve. These strategies are accessible to analytical and creative types alike, and their benefits extend throughout an organization. This book will help today's leaders and thinkers implement these practices in their own pursuit of creative solutions that are both innovative and achievable.

Hardcover | ISBN: 9780231179522 | Publication Date: September 2017

Reviews:

"This is a timely work in that it parallels interest in applying effective business principles and practices to the nonprofit and government sector. It also aligns business with the idea of doing well and doing good."
—(Toni Ungaretti, Johns Hopkins School of Education)

"There is no doubt in my mind that Jeanne Liedtka is a leader in the fields of design thinking, human-centered design, and innovation in general."
—(Reinhold Steinbeck, Center for Design Research, Stanford University)

"The process of design thinking can be applied to the normally conservative and entrenched public, social, and educational sectors to start to solve big messy problems."
—(David E. Smith, Center for Design Innovation)