Christian Bason is Chief Executive of the Danish Design Centre (DDC), which works to strengthen the value of all forms of design in society. Before joining DDC, Christian headed MindLab, a cross-governmental innovation lab, and the public organization practice of Ramboll Management, a consultancy. Christian is also a university lecturer, and has presented to and advised governments around the world. He is a regular columnist and the author of four books on leadership, innovation and design, most recently Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-creating for a Better Society. Christian holds an M.Sc. in political science from Aarhus University, executive education from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School, and is a doctoral fellow at Copenhagen Business School.
'This book masterfully combines cutting-edge research, findings from practice, and real-world examples of how design approaches are being used to improve societal outcomes across the globe. It introduces new avenues for pursuing design-based policies and is an essential resource for anyone exploring social innovation and design processes as a tool for meaningful public sector reform. Christian Bason has successfully delivered a volume that captures the essence of design and social innovation in policy development and offers useful lessons for those faced with the challenge of serving in the twenty-first century.' Jocelyne Bourgon, President, Public Governance International 'Design for Policy is a valuable and fresh insight into policymaking. It underscores the urgent need to bring design to the very heart of modern public policy. Through highly pertinent and illuminating examples from a variety of fields, this book shows that it is possible to transform the policy making process and make it much more innovative. I hope that policymakers across Europe will read it, so that they can become policy designers - and we can shape together the future we aspire to.' Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner, Research, Innovation & Science 'Can design improve the ways we address such 'super-wicked' challenges as climate change, energy precarity, or public health? It's a big ask, but this highly intelligent book makes a convincing case. Its succinct case studies show the ways that design has become a powerful tool for public administrations around the world. Design for Policy does not over-promise. Its clear and well-balanced texts illustrate the potential but also the limits of design when societal issues are massive, integrated and highly complex - all at the same time. Design, it emerges, is helping to drive transformation in the ways we govern. This important book marks a shift in models of public policymaking: from problem-solving, to envisioning; from service d