On Friday, October 27, Carlos Teixeira, associate professor at the Institute of Design presented a study on the Future of Food Security, developed in partnership with Feeding America during the spring 2017 Sustainable Solutions Workshop to graduate students at Harvard University. The presentation featured the value of design in envisioning alternative sustainable futures for complex problems, such as food insecurity among seniors, and served as a source of reference and inspiration for Harvard students work. The presentation showed how design can frame the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies in the context of Feeding America not only to reimagine the future of the organization’s practices in addressing the challenge of food security, but also to enable the organization to expand its impact into broader contexts, such as public health.

Carlos’s presentation was part of the mid-term review of Professor Patrick Whitney’s graduate course on public health at Harvard University. Students also presented their work in progress and received feedback from more than ten subject-matter and design experts.

Patrick was invited by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) to teach a semester-long multi-disciplinary graduate course at Harvard University about ‘Design of Social Innovation.’ As an elective for seniors and graduate students from across Harvard, the course is an introduction to design methods and frameworks as an alternative form of knowledge for addressing large ambiguous problems, such as pandemics prevention. Andre Nogueira, PhD student at IIT Institute of Design who was involved in the Food Security project with Carlos, is also collaborating with Patrick as a research assistant and supporting Harvard students in their design process.