Past Meetup

Speculative Futures London #02 - February Meetup

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We are back for 2019 to continue to build the London Speculative Futures community.

Last year we started off with a great session with Marie Tricaud from Room Y at John Lewis / Waitrose talking about her journey in exploring speculative design in London and projects she has worked on. Then our amazing hosts Method, took us through their interesting project on trust which created great discussion around their approach and outcomes.

The next session we have two great speakers who will remind us of the importance of enforcing criticality in the speculative design process and the ethical implications of emerging technologies across climate change, happiness, wellbeing and self-management.


Tobias Revell
Tobias Revell is an artist and designer. Spanning different disciplines and media his work addresses the urgent need for critical engagement with material reality through design, art and technology. Recent work has looked at the idea of technology as a territory, expectations of the future, rendering software and the occult and supernatural in pop culture discussions of technology.

As well as being an internationally exhibiting artist, he's Course Leader of MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication and Senior Lecturer in Critical and Digital Design for Information and Interface Design and Interaction Design Arts and a founding member of research consultancy Strange Telemetry. He is one half of Haunted Machines, a research and curatorial project curating Impakt festival 2017 in Utrecht, NL. He is undertaking a PhD in the Design Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

J Paul Neeley
J. Paul is a London based designer and researcher, whose design work explores the social, cultural, economic, and ethical implications of emerging technologies, designing speculative futures to help engage with possibility as a way of reframing and understanding anew current state opportunities. Recent projects have focused on climate change, happiness, healthcare and wellbeing, self quantification, future mobility, AI, synthetic biology, and issues of complexity and computational irreducibility in design and business. J. Paul consults in Service design & Speculative Design at Neeley Worldwide, and is is a tutor in Service Design at the Royal College of Art. J. Paul holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art where he studied with Tony Dunne & Fiona Raby, and is a graduate of Northwestern University in Communications Studies with a concentration in Economics.

Our lovely hosts this time at the team at Beyond

Doors open at 6:30pm, with talks starting at 7pm.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

*About Speculative Futures*

Started in 2015, Speculative Futures is an international community bringing together those interested in using design as a vehicle to explore potential and alternative futures. Our desire is to create a space to exchange ideas and create conversation.

We invite our audience to cast a critical eye over the norms of today, respond to our context and develop a perspective on how things could be.

We aim to connect industries, fields of practices, ideas and people. We’re open anyone who operates in any field that looks into the future, to join us in this endeavour.

This includes but is not limited to: speculative and critical design, discursive design, business strategy, strategic foresight, futurism, architecture, writing, cinematography, art, technology, science, and any other field fits within these characteristics.