Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Yasmin Fodil is the Founder and Principal of BYO consulting, a strategy consultancy that helps non-profits and government agencies use design technology to make the world a better place. Ms. Fodil received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused her studies on democracy, politics, and institutions. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Fodil was the Information Officer for the Office of the Arts and Special Projects at the NYC Department of Education and received her Bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University.
Ms. Fodil has created and collaborated on several notable projects and reports related to engagement strategy, public policy, Government 2.0, and technology service design: BYO projects, a collection of projects that make the world a better place through creative problem solving, experience design, technology, and community engagement; Experience Hacking Lab, a space that uses experimental research methods to create concepts for new products and services; the conceptual design of the Massachusetts Veterans and Family Benefits Finder; the “Key Performance Indicators Toolkit: New Methods for Measuring a Library’s Community Impact” for Chicago Public Library; a report on how “U.S. Federal Agencies can Use Social Media to Increase Civic Participation”; the first New England Government 2.0 Camp and the Government 2.0 Professional Interest Council at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Digital Innovation Lab
Advances in the capabilities of digital technology to organize, create, and share information combined with the pervasiveness of personal technology devices has transformed our society in innumerable ways. Technology has also changed the way that institutions interact with and serve their constituents as evidenced through a number of interesting innovations in the field. The course will delve into several of these programs, such as: Code for America, which brings develops, designers and entrepreneurs into city government to help the offices become more open and efficient; TurboVote, a tool that is trying to make voting as easy as possible by using the web to streamline the absentee voter registration process; the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Blog which enables a dialogue with the public about their methods and guidelines, potentially improving the relationship between travelers and the agency; among others. This is a practical course that will help you gain the practical skills necessary to develop and refine a socially conscious digital innovation concept and bring it to fruition.