Spring 2018 – 497-326: Design, Technology & Policymaking Process — The Case of the Sweetened Beverage Tax (Cancelled)

Meeting Day/Time
Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:40 pm
Panteleimon Spagis (Undergraduate Education – User-Centered Design) (pspagis@id.iit.edu)
Appropriate Majors
All interested students are welcome
Social Innovation

Cook County, which includes  Chicago and surrounding suburbs, joined a growing number of localities across the United States that have adopted measures to cut consumption of sugary drinks for  health reasons. As of August 2, 2017, a tax of $0.01 per ounce was imposed on all sweetened beverages creating considerable friction between municipal authorities and citizens-retailers. How could this friction be avoided without jeopardizing the effectiveness of the measure? How could stakeholders be more actively engaged in the policy making process, better educated and more receptive?

This course will explore how technology and the design process could facilitate a smoother and more effective policymaking process at the municipal level. Students will focus on a group of stakeholders and explore through research and perpetual prototyping how the group’s interests could be best leveraged in Cook County’s complex policymaking process. By the end of the course, each interdisciplinary team of students will have conceptualized, designed and created a service/product (i.e. platform or application) that if deployed, it would help improve the formulation, implementation and evaluation of Cook County’s beverage policy.

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