"The Futures We Want" with Kaleem Khan

The Futures We Want

Who decides our future?


We are in the midst of fundamental systemic changes to our society, culture, and civilization. The signals are all around us: Data, sensors, networks, robots, and ubiquitous connectivity.


These changes present designers with new opportunities, risks and dangers.

In this session, Kaleem Khan encourages us to question our fundamental approach to our work. We will examine moving beyond methods, function and form to the ideas, values and ethics that underpin what we design.


We face a choice: Will the future happen to us or will we create the futures we want?

About Kaleem


Kaleem Khan is a founding partner of strategy and design consultancy True Insight in Toronto, Canada.

 
Kaleem helps global companies, agencies, startups and governments create great experiences and solve complex problems. 

Over two decades he has helped leaders in consumer electronics, mobile, Internet, media, software, healthcare, finance, telecom and security. He advises OCAD University sLab and the M.Design program. 
Kaleem regularly speaks at international conferences about design, strategy, ethics and UX.

Follow Kaleem on twitter: @kaleemux


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  • Bill F.

    It's been easy for us designers to compartmentalize our stake in the world... 'we design and engineer, it's up to policy makers and CEOs to figure out how to deploy'. Kaleem is calling for designers to de-compartmentalize and that makes sense. The challenge for us is that CEOs and policy makers see us as tools for realizing their own, sometimes incompatible, agendas. I think we can be altruistic in our design philosophy but we also need to get ourselves into positions of leadership and become the CEOs and policy makers. How do we that?

    August 1

    • Davin G.

      Hi Bill, I like Brand's Pace Layering model as a way to think about that compartmentalization you mention. We may all be in positions of leadership, but are we leaders only in the Fashion layer? It seems that Kaleem, as the Jiminy Cricket to our wayward Pinocchio, is calling us to influence change all the way to the core, through the Commerce, Infrastructure, Governance, and Culture layers. Do we believe we can handle that? I do. We can shape every one of those layers, and as designers, that is as creative thinkers, analysts, problem solvers, facilitators, agenda makers, and vision casters, we have the talents and skills to really lead in those areas. Easier said than done, I know, because leadership has to be earned.

      1 · August 1

    • Bill F.

      I'm going to read that book... "How Buildings Learn"... thanks.

      August 4

  • Christy E.

    For those that missed it:
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/...­

    August 4

  • Paul S.

    Is a room of chairs in rows the best design for 'IxDA'?
    Has no one read Tufte's, "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint"?
    How can an IxDA presentation have no discussion (i.e. interaction)?
    Let's rethink how the presentations are shared.

    1 · August 1

    • Christy E.

      Really do appreciate the push here, encouraging to have some variety in future events (locations & styles). Not sure it appeals to the introverts out there but important for more meaningful interactions.

      August 1

  • Paul S.

    www.resetthenet.org

    August 1

  • Paul S.

    For those who attended, and who would like to get a better feel for what is happening in China, but can't visit, I recommend the documentary "Manufactured Landscapes". imdb.com/title/tt[masked]/

    1 · August 1

  • Paul S.

    It is great to see good minds grappling with the important issues of our age. It is difficult to address these issues without giving the impression of finger-pointing. Kaleem, rather, guides us with open heart and mind. Well done!

    August 1

  • Paul S.

    "We face a choice: Will the future happen to us or will we create the futures we want?"

    In the future, you won't want the future you imagine you want today. Prepare for surprise.

    1 · July 14

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