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This is a group for those interested in Speculative Design, Critical Design,Design Fiction, Discursive Design, Strategic Foresight and Futurism, Science Fiction and any vision or approach which involves using design as a vehicle to speculate about potential futures and the strategies we employ. We'll be hosting speakers—practitioners, teachers, students, and other professionals who will be talking about work or methods in this topic. We'll also be hosting workshops which will allow you to learn how to conduct and apply futures design thinking in a variety of circumstances as a method of synthesis and strategy.

Upcoming events (2)

Fiction & Foresight w/ Darren Brooker and Radha Mistry - SF Futures Meetup

Please purchase tickets via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiction-foresight-w-darren-brooker-and-radha-mistry-sf-futures-meetup-tickets-57556393723 Hi Everyone! We are so glad to be hosting Darren and Radha presenting Fiction & Foresight. Join us at Pier 9 for a great night. Fiction & Foresight Storytelling can help map how the future will shape Autodesk, and in doing so help explore how Autodesk can shape the future. That’s why, in the Autodesk Research team, science and fiction go hand-in-hand: fiction is a thread that connects its early explorations to its final explanations. Join Autodesk Story Strategists Radha Mistry & Darren Brooker to learn about the role speculative fiction plays in guiding the scientific research of Autodesk Research and its mission to explore stories of the future and make them come true. About the Presenters Darren Brooker Darren Brooker is a Story Strategist working at the intersection of design, technology, and storytelling. His work involves building Autodesk’s most strategic narratives: stories that examine how the future will shape Autodesk, and how Autodesk can shape the future. Darren works with a cross-disciplinary network of domain experts from every narrative space, including those not yet imagined. He and his collaborators have engaged in projects addressing the future of autonomy, cities, education, manufacturing, and creativity. In developing narratives, Darren draws on extensive experience working across the full gamut of the creative industries: he has been nominated for an Oscar for his script development and post production contribution to the short film The Voorman Problem and has won a BAFTA for his Visual Effects work for the BBC. www.darrenbrooker.com Radha Mistry Radha Mistry has a background in architecture, narrative environments, and strategic foresight. As part of Autodesk Research, she constructs scenarios for the future that explore the impact of emerging technologies and understand how they might change the way people will design and make things. Prior to Autodesk, Radha focused on the Future of Work with the Steelcase Applied Research group. Her work sought out ways organizations could drive Innovation through design. Previous to Steelcase, Radha was part of the Arup Foresight + Innovation team in London and San Francisco, crafting speculative futures for global clients; and was one of the original co-founders of GOATstudio in New Orleans — bringing some “swagger” and better opportunities for young architects. Radha has also exhibited during the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and worked on design-led community engagement initiatives in cities across Europe. @radha_mistry: Twitter / Instagram Agenda 5:30-6:30 Networking and snacks 6:30-7:30 Main Event 7:30 Wrap up Follow us on Twitter @futures_design (https://twitter.com/futures_design) Like and Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/speculativefutures) Join our Meetup in San Francisco (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Critical-Design-Speculative-Futures/) and Austin (https://www.meetup.com/ATX-Speculative-Futures/) www.primerconference.com (http://www.primerconference.com/) www.futures.design (http://www.futures.design/)

Futures Platform Workshop - SF Speculative Futures

Please purchase tickets via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/futures-platform-workshop-sf-speculative-futures-tickets-59084065029 Hi Everyone! We are happy to be hosting a workshop by Futures Platform. They presented at Primer last year, and here is another chance to work with an exciting team using their innovative technology. Synthesizing Trend Aggregation for Design Experience the power of a digital tool to enhance collaborative foresight work in the context of mapping future change and innovating new concepts. During this workshop, we will explore Futures Platform, a new foresight tool to help with trend aggregation by utilizing it during a short futures workshop to create a scenario or artifact from the future. In this workshop participants will work in a team(s) to: - Create a holistic picture of change: Work together to build a 360 degree view of trends and emerging issues that will alter the landscape in the near, medium and long term future - Engage in a collaborative process to prioritize drivers of change. - Prioritize the key future forces to be considered, considering the innovation context we are working with. - Use a structured approach to map implications of key trends and phenomena - Collect points of view and suggestions about opportunities, risks, and new innovation possibilities that each of the key trends is creating. - Work together to conceive one or several new product or service concepts, that are based on a combination of the key trends/phenomena that together disrupt existing markets and create new needs and opportunity for the novel product of service concept. As a result of the workshop participants will have an experience of how holistic mapping of change opens up thinking to include a broad view of societal change, and how a structured, collaborative process to assess the key changes can help identify new innovation opportunities. Participants will also experience how a digital foresight tool can aid in the process of strategic foresight and innovation. Agenda 5:30-6:30 Networking and snacks 6:30-7:30 Main Event 7:30 Wrap up Follow us on Twitter @futures_design (https://twitter.com/futures_design) Like and Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/speculativefutures) Join our Meetup in San Francisco (https://www.meetup.com/SF-Critical-Design-Speculative-Futures/) and Austin (https://www.meetup.com/ATX-Speculative-Futures/) www.primerconference.com (http://www.primerconference.com/) www.futures.design (http://www.futures.design/)

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