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Strategic Design: Insights from Helsinki Design Lab

sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

Strategic Design: Insights from Helsinki Design Lab

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How might we undertake to "redesign" systems, institutions, markets, and even the social contract, in the face of constraining legacies, limited finances and other extreme challenges in the public sector? When good ideas abound, but don’t always come to fruition, what approach might bring success? 

Bryan Boyer is building the Helsinki Design Lab (HDL) initiative to address these questions in Finland and beyond, by fostering strategic design. HDL, nested within Finland’s innovation centre, Sitra, is founded on the belief that a deeper understanding of craft will advance our ability to succeed in meeting these redesign needs. 

Recently HDL has been spending time with six leading practitioners, focusing on one project each, and getting to know their work in detail. The teams span social science, public administration, technology, design, and community organizing, but all represent instructive examples of stewardship. In these projects and others like them, HDL sees a movement towards using projects to prototype policy, where strategy and delivery are reciprocal and iterative. They are pragmatic and hopeful. They are often without precedent but still proceeding carefully forward. New practices, new themes, and even new vocabularies are emerging as this community grows. 


Bryan Boyer is Strategic Design Lead at Sitra. His responsibilities include the HDL Studio Model, the HDL Global event and HDL website. Previously Bryan has worked as an independent architect, software programmer, and technology entrepreneur.  He received his BFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is co-author of the HDL book, Recipes for Systemic Change. More information is available at and Brian Boyer's Blog,

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Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab)
OCAD University
205 Richmond St. W., 4th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1V3

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab)

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at OCAD University. sLab integrates applied research, professional engagement, education and skills development to assist private, public, and not-for-profit organizations attain their goals. sLab trans-disciplinary teams draw on the growing SFI community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about creative economies and sustainable futures.

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