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Podcast: Designing Health into Everyday Life with PHI’s Building H

On this podcast, PHI’s Steve Down and Thomas Goetz, co-founders of PHI’s Building H, discuss how the program and their collaborators are developing tools to help companies understand the impacts of their products and services on the health and well-being of their users.

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Is the everyday world making us sick? Can we hold companies responsibility for the health consequences of their products and services? How do you design health into the operating systems of our civilization?

On the episode “Designing Health into Everyday Life” of the podcast Design Lab with Bon Ku, Steve Down and Thomas Goetz, co-founders of PHI’s Building H program, discuss how Building H and their collaborators are developing tools to help companies understand the impacts of their products and services on the health and well-being of their users.

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Listen to the podcast to learn about these topics:

  • How companies are impacting the health of individuals.
  • How Building H measures a company’s impact on health.
  • How companies can use the index to design new products and services to support our health.
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Ultimately, what we are trying to do, just as these products have on their users' behavior, we are trying to have an impact on the companies’ behavior and trying to help them understand that these issues have really been invisible. By putting them out there, hopefully, they’ll recognize that there is an opportunity. If their users come out healthier and feel more positive and sustained by using your product, that is a good metric. Thomas Goetz

PHI’s Building H co-founder


Building H is a not-for-profit project which aims to reverse the course of chronic disease in the U.S. by building health into everyday life. We believe the infrastructure of our daily life—our food, our transportation and housing, and our entertainment—can be reimagined with health and well-being as explicit design goals.

Originally published by Design Lab with Bon Ku


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