Session 15 :: Future Signs

15 mins: OLI questions

1)  Between minimalism and consumerism, which concept people would more prefer in the future?
2) Should the interpretations we make inform and inspire a call to action in tackling these emerging issues?
3) How can we curtail the negative effects of consumerism while still maintaining economic growth? Is it worthwhile to seek to maintain this economic growth in the first place?
4) How can we expect the issues with consumerism to change if we address them at an individual level and not the systemic level? What the minimalists are doing by rejecting consumerism makes sense to me, but individuals don’t perpetuate consumerism. Our economic system does and is fundamentally based on consumerism continuing and growing, therefore, large businesses and the wealthy people that run them perpetuate consumerism. How do we address those audiences?

Peter’s answers YouTube link 

references: Thomas Piketty Capital 

Piketty, T., & Goldhammer, A. (2018). Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Serge Latouche Farewell to growth.

Latouche, S., & Macey, D. (2013). Farewell to growth. Cambridge (UK: Polity.

15 mins: Discussion Week 7: Personal futures

You’ve explored alternative futures based on two critical uncertainties this week focused on career choice and other related uncertainty (e.g., research/practice, corporate/freelance, government/NGO). For one such future scenario, you conducted at Causal Layered Analysis to describe the four layers (i.e., litany, social system & structure, worldview, and myths & metaphors). CLA is a structured analysis tool. What did you learn from conducting such an exercise? On what kind of projects might you use CLA type analysis as a designer?

10 mins: discuss future signs & go over instructions.

Future signs exercise. Download the slide and rename it.

5 mins: Steps 1-2. What is the signal? and what is the issue?

10 mins: Step 3. What is your interpretation?

15 mins: Step 4. What is the design opportunity?

Submit homework for grading.

Recap :: We had a look at future signs today. You practiced discussing what the three parts of a future sign are: the signal, the issue, and the interpretation. Future signs are important to notice and interpret because it helps you understand clues in the present of what the future might be like. In the previous sections, we’ve discussed alternative futures scenarios. Future signs link the present to a future scenario. 

Homework :: Please do OLI page 31 “Connecting future signals with forces of change”

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