Future Casting

Learn how to evaluate technology and engage in future casting. Gain practical skills in idea generation, storytelling and critical thinking methods. Imagining and prototyping a speculative future can help anyone make better decisions today. What kind of future do we really want?

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Workshop Dates: Dec 10-14, 2018,

Faculty: Filippo Cuttica and Momo Miyazaki

What is Future Casting?

We live in dramatic times. Technology is moving at an ever-increasing pace and things we could only dream of are becoming real in a short timeframe.

In our lifetimes we’ve seen the mass adoption of the internet and smartphones. What will happen in the next 50 years? Autonomous drones, self-driving cars, robotic dogs, lab-grown meat are now real and in the process of being commercialized and adapted to our everyday life. What kind of impact will they have? What factors influence broad adoption of new technologies?

This workshop aims to help people to make sense of technologies and how they impact the world around us over time. How do we look at technology in order to extrapolate the likely future? What can we learn from the past? How do market forces, user needs and societal pressure intersect to either propel a technology into ubiquity or plunge it into obscurity?

Over the week we will give people practical skills to help them accurately and appropriately consider our shared technological world and how we may construct a better society for all, as well as teach them how to craft compelling scenarios that can power change.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

What you will learn:

  • how to evaluate technology and engage in future casting
  • an approach to presenting complicated ideas about the future succinctly
  • how to assess and critique design work that covers abstract concepts
  • practical idea generation and critical thinking methods
  • an understanding of the role of context and other factors as it pertains to developing technological scenarios and solutions

How you will learn it:

A series of mini exercises will introduce students to future casting and idea generation methods. We will then apply user-centric methods to help us evaluate ideas and understand how underlying human needs can help us predict the future.

The output of the workshop will result in a series of artefacts, which could come from the future. The creation of ‘concrete’ artefacts will help the students not only express intangible concepts but also force them to consider how social, environmental, political and technical aspects and ramifications of technology.

Artefact examples include, but are not limited to: Magazine advertisements, posters, product packaging, clothing and photographs.

Is this for you?

Yes, if you have a curious yet critical mind towards technology and the role it plays in our present and future. Yes, if your job or interests revolves around innovation, product creation or market strategy.Yes, if you want to engage critically with technology through speculative and critical approaches to design.

What do you need to bring to the workshop?

  • computer

Enrol now: There is a maximum number of 20 places available for each workshop, first comes first served. Enrolment will be closed when the workshops are full.