The D-KEP Initiative

Speculative Design Process:

Danish Knowledge Exchange Programme

The two first weeks of the Data Driven Service Design course utilised speculative design as a process to better understand the problem space and ask provocative questions about the existing immigration system and its stakeholders.

The project focused on flipping the perception of newcomers being “needy”. Instead, the team wanted to speculate on what the consequences would be if recipient community was perceived as the “needy” one and the newcomers were viewed only as assets.

The process followed a cycle of amplifying, flipping and combining concepts and ideas to explore potential positive and negative consequences. Throughout the two weeks, the team developed three experience prototypes and used these as tools to move the project forward.

Newcomer ‘TED-Talk’

One of the team’s early hypotheses was that newcomers have a range of unique – often untapped – experiences that they bring with them to Copenhagen. To explore this, the team developed a prototype that focused on experience sharing in the format of a short ‘TED talk’.

The video was screened for numerous visitors at the International House to open a conversation about possible interest in skill and experience sharing.

Newcomers Think-Tank

Based on insights from early interviews with newcomers and the ‘TED talk’ prototype, an experience prototype in the form of a workshop was developed. The main goal of this prototype was to explore if our target group would be interested in using their free time to share their experiences and collaborate with fellow newcomers to reach a common community development goal.

A two hour workshop on a Friday evening attracted participants who was eager to share and develop their ideas in order to solve an identified problem for the City.

New Immigration Programme

What would happen if Denmark wanted to attract the most immigrants in the world? To explore this speculative question, the team developed a set of national policies to enable Denmark to attract up to 100 000 immigrants each year. The Danish Knowledge Exchange Programme (D-KEP) would give Danes the opportunity to take a sabbatical year every 5th year. New foreign talent would be recruited to hold the jobs of the Danes for one year and contribute with their experiences and outside perspectives.

Imagining how the D-KEP initiative would work provided a provocative perspective on the current immigration system.