KISDtalk: "Public Design – Why Engagement Matters"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design, 04. Dezember 2018

In this public lecture, KISDtalk speaker Caroline Paulick-Thiel will elaborate on the term and topic of "public design" and will illustrate the interfaces between design and politics and state, design, and citizens.

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KISDtalk: "Public Design – Why Engagement Matters"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 04. Dezember 2018
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Cologne


free entry


KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Caroline Paulick-Thiel, Politics for Tomorrow, Berlin


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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New interfaces between state and citizens and the combination of social and technological innovation will play a decisive role in shaping the development of our societies. Though the term public design is not new, public decision makers have only recently begun to connect the methods of design thinking and the principles of human-centered design to their own doing. This talk highlights some implications of this shift, reviews examples of how human interaction and experience inform developments in different phases of the policy cycle, and poses questions concerning procedures, principles, technologies, and people needed in the field of public design.

Caroline Paulick-Thiel is a strategic designer, trained in design (BA) and public policy (MPP) with wide-ranging experience in facilitating participatory processes to address public challenges. She is the director of Politics for Tomorrow, a non-partisan initiative fostering human-centered design approaches in public innovation, working with German political-administrative institutions from local to the highest federal level.
The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open-minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks always take place on the specified dates on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.