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How do people become public problem-solvers? We believe that hands-on learning about public issues, and exploring ways to respond to them, is a necessary part of the training, not only for policy professionals but also others who wish to make a difference. Colleges sometimes provide a little of this, by requiring students to complete capstone projects for credit. But even those tend to focus on one project alone, and students typically look for ways to 'complete' the captsone and the course. 

At the How Institute, we've created something different - a full-year Fellowship in Public Problem Solving. These positions are suitable for professionals who are keen on non-typical paths, and who wish to help solve public problems through their work. Fellows will typically work on 2-4 projects that the Institute is already engaged in. The primary aim of the fellowship is to expose its participants to multiple challenges, and to diverse methods of intervening. The problems themselves, however, vary in type and scale. The fellowship is therefore structured for different scenarios - some Fellows work with mentors in ongoing responses to wicked problems, some work with public officials, and some develop their own new initiatives. 

The fellowship experience is designed to help those who go through it become a certain kind of person. As a fellow progresses through the duration of the fellowship, they should pass the markers of their learning.

  • They can spot the different threads of a public problem quickly.

  • They can identify the roles of state, market, and society in tackling it, and understand the different modes of engagement in each sector.

  • They will embrace the breadth of such efforts rather than becoming daunted by them.

  • They can put together the first steps of the many threads and identifies collaborators with whom they can take the second and third steps.

  • In adopting this stance routinely and adaptively, they become problem-solving citizens.

Interested? Write to explaining your interest. 

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