The Designing Policy Toolkit is the result of a year-long research project conducted by Laura Forlano and Anijo Mathew, assistant professors at IIT Institute of Design, and funded by the Urban Communication Foundation. Forlano and Mathew held a series of workshops focused on urban technology in Chicago, New York, and Boston to re-imagine the ways in which digital technologies can be embedded in public spaces. The workshops engaged a range of stakeholders, from policymakers and entrepreneurs to activists and academics, in hands-on activities using open and participatory co-design methods demonstrating the role of digital technology in emergent forms of citizen engagement. The toolkit illustrates the ways in which urban technologies are embedded with values, as well as how co-design methods enable diverse stakeholders to come together around the complex socio-technical questions that are shaping everyday life in cities.

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