Probing Emerging Futures
- RESILIENCE IN SOCIETY
- DESIGN FOR CHANGE
- KEY ENABLING METHODOLOGY
What will our world be like in 20, 30, or 40 years’ time? The creation of meaningful innovations requires an understanding of changing values and paradigms. By departing from the emerging present and creating a deep understanding (via weak signs) how value is changing for people and how socio-cultural paradigms are developing, we might project towards things to come. But what will this future entail? Will we embrace a post-biological, post-human future; will we strive for immortality and double our life expectancy; will we have sustainable prosperity and dignified living for all, and/or live in harmony with nature? Design probes can initiate a debate about these values and paradigms, and explore how products and services could help people to achieve their future goals and aspirations.
In this session, we debate with several experts and the audience about potential future values and socio-cultural paradigms. What are the opportunities and risks of various directions? Every expert will give a short pitch explaining their perspective on future paradigms, resulting in a proposition for the audience. Thereafter, we will have a debate with the panel. Moreover, as input for this debate, we use the results of the “Probing Emerging Futures” project, developed to understand which weak signs resonate with a larger audience. The results of this project can be viewed during the Dutch Design Week in the Innovation Powerhouse.
We will have a variety of experts (e.g. from design, art, philosophy and engineering) among whom Reon Brand, Frank Kolkman, Maarten Steinbuch and Olya Kudina. The student project will be presented by Danielle Arets and the session will be moderated by Caroline Hummels.