Design Thinking for Public Administration - in this weekend intensive class, we examine contemporary approaches to social and physical problems and challenges, often called "wicked problems," from a design thinking perspective. Design thinking uses design methodologies such as observation, prototyping, building and storytelling, and can be applied to a wide range of people and problems/challenges. It brings together people from different disciplines to effectively explore, in collaboration, human-centered ideas. It relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and to express ourselves through means beyond words or symbols. While we'll study the theory of design thinking, the main focus of this short-course is on the application of design thinking in communities, using a case-study method. Come prepared to explore!