DESIGN FUTURES SCOUTING
A First Person Perspective (1PP) approach to futures scouting through making
In the current predicament of climate emergency and systemic crisis, future studies, forecasting and trend analysis are offering interesting frameworks and strategies that can be used in design education programmes that are committed to sustainable and regenerative development.
Almost everyday now in this first quarter of the century, incoming data about ecosystemic collapse and inequality has been offering a wide range of apocalyptic scenarios which urge us to implement changes in how we do almost everything, but, how can we engage as designers in such wicked, multi-dimensional crises? How can we as design education professionals prepare the new generations to position themselves against these challenges, gain agency and develop design interventions that bring about the changes that are urgently required? And ultimately, how can design be a vehicle to build hopeful future scenarios that offer alternatives to the over-abundant apocalyptic narratives we are immersed in?
These are the questions that have guided the tools and strategies presented below. They propose novel design education methodologies that can give actual agency to professionals and students seeking to engage in these current crises, turning the envisioning of possible futures into an actual exercise of actively modifying the present through the power of making with others.
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