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Alum Spotlight on Jason Bade - Making Policymaking More Human

Jason Bade
Jun 9 2016

When Jason Bade graduated from Stanford in 2013, he never thought he would write a book. But now, he has not only become a best selling author, but also teaches at Stanford Law School while working at a Bay Area start up. He believes his Public Policy degree gave him the tools necessary to pursue all of his wide-ranging interests.

While at Stanford, Bade was attracted to the Public Policy degree because of the people and the ethos of the program. He also appreciated the large number of classes that could be applied to his major. He was very interested in behavioral economics, and the flexibility of the degree allowed him to design his own concentration in that field. His favorite classes were all taken at the D-school, where he worked with clients to solve public policy issues.

Bade began a career in consulting following Stanford and enjoyed applying behavior economics to design thinking and strategy. He soon began to work with Professor Paul Brest at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and Imprint Capital on issues of impact investing, another area of great interest. His expertise in human-side design, business strategy, and policy led him to write More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First, which applied human-centered design to government and policymaking. He worked on the book with his twin brother Scott (who was a history major at Stanford) and his former professor Steve Hilton, from which he took a class on innovating policy his senior year. Hilton’s class sparked Bade’s interest in early prevention as a means of addressing social problems, and inspired him to want to examine how to make government and policymaking more human.  He hopes his book will inspire policymakers and policy students to approach current policy issues in new, innovative, and more human ways.

Bade now co-teaches with Paul Breast “Law 333: Problem Solving and Decision Making for Public Policy and Social Change” for law and policy students. The class teaches students about social problem solving and how to use a logic model to make effective policy changes. 

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