Law + Design Summit 2018
On November 9-10, 2018, the Stanford Legal Design Lab will host a summit on how prototyping design methods — drawn from human-centered design, systems thinking, agile policy-making, and beyond — can be used to make better policy that better serves people.
We invite people working on innovative policymaking in government agencies, courts, universities, non-profits, and elsewhere to join us to understand how to make policy with human-centered, experimental, responsive methods.
For those who are selected to attend the Summit, the cost of registration is $25. A limited number of scholarships will be available.
November 9th will be an unconference meeting to explore methods, use cases, strategies and insights around prototyping for policy. Participants will share their work, build networks, and create a knowledge base.
November 10th will be a hands-on design workshop to scope new policy-making initiatives. Participants will choose from one of several systems-level challenges to workshop together:
Over the past half-decade, there has been a rise of government, university, and non-profit policy labs that use design and agile methods to improve public services systems. In the Summit, leaders from different backgrounds (policymakers, entrepreneurs, court innovation officers, local governments and municipalities, government agencies) will explore prototyping methods to create, experiment, and evaluate new policies.
The particular focus will be on a ‘second wave’ of prototyping policy, that goes beyond the initial first wave of work around prototyping new websites, apps, and relatively straightforward government-citizen services. The first wave of policy prototyping has adapted service design methods to digitize and streamline current one-to-one services. But for this nascent ‘second wave’, the Summit will focus on ways to prototype new, complex systems with multiple stakeholders that have a bigger impact on daily lives of people. This includes methodologies that better account for emerging technologies, system dynamics, big data, and public-private partnerships.
In this ‘second wave’ of policy prototyping, new methods can emerge that provide policymakers greater ability to create new rules and new systems that account for the complexities of developing and rolling out a new policy, and that can respond dynamically to changing contexts.