unknowns and nuances
Crafting Alternative Futures
Thinking with Hands
I make design games / installations and facilitates collective imagination for future unknowns. The longer version: Living in a technocratic part of the world in the Global North with a first degree in engineering a long career in technology innovation, Cedric's question was my point of departure. In my experiences, a sounded question would have been identified otherwise the innovation Living in a technocratic part of the world in the Global North with a first degree in engineering a long career in technology innovation, Cedric's question was my point of departure. In my experiences, a sounded question would have been identified otherwise the innovation simply would not have been operational or adopted (that's human-centred design and design thinking). Over time, the unintended consequences unfold. Different questions ought to be asked so that, by design, we take unintended consequences into account (this is futures thinking), work with unknowns and make allowances for emergence in a nuanced, dynamic world. I have an interest in and am actively working on developing and applying design-led future thinking methodologies. I study futures research methodologies used by designers and non-designers and have published on participatory futures thinking (Collective Imagination Framework, Imperfect Experts) with the Royal College of Art. In which I have also discussed the difference against the more applied methods for strategic foresight and other design practices including critical and speculative design. In a way, my work can be described as participatory speculative design. My thinking in futures and foresight is a leap from the observations made over a long career (14+ years) in delivering technology innovation in practice - to extend beyond, but not to exclude, thinking in problems and solutions and facilitate the expansion of possibilities and plurality. Through creative practices, I research and apply playful methods to investigate the alternative futures, contexts, consequences and relationships between humans, nature and technology related to health and wellbeing.
Technology is the answer, but what was the question? - Cedric Price