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Ruth Schmidt and Will Rutter discuss Positive Sum Design

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Associate professor Ruth Schmidt and current MDes + MPPA student Will Rutter are panelists on the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design's first live conversation about positive sum design, a topic sits at the intersection of systems, behavioral, and humanity-centered design.

Will summarizes positive sum design on Medium:

Positive Sum Design (PSD) is a combined cultural critique and basis for approaching a design practice. Borrowing language and concepts from the field of game theory, PSD eschews zero-sum bias and suggests that the gains from positive-sum systems and interactions are of paramount importance as we forge culture and design the shared world.

Arguably, PSD challenges designers to do what they have always done: create in a way that yields a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

You can learn more about positive sum design and the panelists here.