What we're about

Speculative Futures Austin is a component chapter of the global Speculative Futures community.

Speculative Futures is a community of Meetup groups for those interested in Speculative Design, Critical Design, Design Fiction, Discursive Design, Strategic Foresight & Futurism, Science Fiction and any vision or approach which involves using design as a vehicle to speculate about potential or alternate futures. Speculative Futures is an effort steered by the Design Futures Initiative.

We host speakers — practitioners, teachers, students, and other professionals who will be talking about relevant praxis and methods. We also host workshops which will allow you to learn how to conduct and apply futures thinking in a variety of circumstances as a method of synthesis and strategy.

The Design Futures Initiative is a nonprofit 501c3 organization based in San Francisco, CA.

The Core Purpose of the Design Futures Initiative (DFI) is to host Speculative Futures Meetups and the PRIMER conference.

Upcoming events (4)

@futures_austin: Design Fiction & Science Fiction

Capital Factory

PLEASE PURCHASE A $5 TICKET ON EVENTBRITE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT*: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/futures-austin-design-fiction-science-fiction-w-ernesto-m-and-jason-n-tickets-60028436670 *If for any reason you are unable to cover the expense of a ticket but would like to attend the workshop please reach out to Adam Zeiner. GENERAL DESCRIPTION _ Ernesto D. Morales and Jason Napolitano will be joining us to talk about Design Fiction and Science Fiction through a series of participatory activities. You can follow Ernesto and Jason on Twitter. https://twitter.com/ernestodmorales https://twitter.com/djhilo ABOUT THE ACTIVITES _ We’ll discuss the practices of Science Fiction and Design Fiction, and how they can be used to facilitate imagination and discussion around potential futures. Then we’ll dive into those practices with a few quick exercises: - Science Fiction Reading and Prompt - Design Fiction Activity - World Building Activity - Group Reflection AGENDA _ 7 - 7:15 - Arrive, gather, welcoming announcements 7:15 - 7:25 - Ernesto and Jason intro - Design Fiction overview - Science Fiction overview 7:25 - 7:30 - Science Ficiton reading 7:30 - 8:00 - Design Fiction activity 8:00 - 8:10 - break 8:10 - 8:45 - World Building activity 8:45 - 9:00 - Group Reflection ABOUT ERNESTO AND JASON _ Ernesto D. Morales is a designer and artist known for his part-playful, part-critical proposals of new technologies that probe our relationships with our inner selves and the external world. He is the founder and creative director of Object Solutions (www.objectsolutions.net), a design fiction laboratory that envisions the high-tech future of emotional problem-solving. Through prototypes, films, illustrations, publications and public engagements, Object Solutions depicts a future where the corporation becomes the essential third party to your everyday obstacles—with a healthy dose of dark humor. Morales also runs Studio Malagón (www.studiomalagon.com), an independent design and branding office. Jason currently works as Experience Design Director for McKinsey & Company. He brings twenty years specializing in service design and digital product development, seasoned in a range of industries including banking, retail, media/entertainment, healthcare and utilities. Jason helps clients in a range of ways including vision-setting through co-creation and future storytelling as well as capability building to deliver design at scale. Previously Jason has been Service Design Lead for Fjord/Accenture and Global Creative Director for Samsung Electronics. He has also helped build design teams at AOL, and About.com/New York Times. In his spare time, Jason is an advisor and digital lead for the AutismCenterAustin as well as involved in writing his first science fiction novel. SPONSORS _ Thank you to Capital Factory for sponsoring event space in 2019 for Austin Speculative Futures. Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. They meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. https://www.capitalfactory.com/

July '19: Demystifying AI and ML

Capital Factory

Programming details forthcoming. _ Thank you to Capital Factory for sponsoring event space in 2019 for Austin Speculative Futures. Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. They meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. https://www.capitalfactory.com/

September '19: Ecological Thinking and Sustainable Design

Programming details forthcoming. _ Thank you to Capital Factory for sponsoring event space in 2019 for Austin Speculative Futures. Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. They meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. https://www.capitalfactory.com/

November '19: Topic TBD

Capital Factory

Programming details forthcoming. _ Thank you to Capital Factory for sponsoring event space in 2019 for Austin Speculative Futures. Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. They meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. https://www.capitalfactory.com/

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