Session 4 :: Redesigning Scenarios

5 mins: Questions from OLI page 12 and discussion on Industry Scenarios. 

15 mins: In class activity: Recap. First, You made a Masdar scenario in Week 1, then self-critiqued it “Cascio Style” on Tuesday, and discussed it with a colleague as well. 

So the in-class activity today is to:

Redesign scenarios that expand on the features that Jamais describes as bad scenarios, then to make a new set of scenarios that illustrate multiple dimensions e.g., technology, gender role, human-nature etc. Please upload to your online scenarios for grading.

15 mins: Step 8 :: What changes can you make?

15 mins: Step 9 :: Cascio design opportunities

15 mins: Step 10 :: Revise your product concept

(3) Homework: 2 items:

(a) weekly reflection due two days before next class:

This is a graded discussion: 20 points possible

Unit 2: Jamais Cascio has some interesting critiques to future scenarios. When might such critiques apply and when might they not apply?

INSTRUCTIONS: Please post your response (150 words max) to the question. Then reply to at least 2 of your colleagues’ posts.

hint: In class on Tuesday we discussed different levels for scenarios ranging from individual, group, organizational, community, regional, national, continental, and planetary. Consider that some of Cascio’s critiques may apply to one level but not the other.  

(b) OLI page 14 before next session.

(4) Recap: Today we discussed several famous industry scenarios about the future of computing. You applied Jamais Cascio’s critiques to industry scenarios and realized that there are some key differences between an industry scenario proposing a technologically driven vision of the world and broader scenarios that meet Cascio’s critiques. Hopefully this experience will help you ask yourself the question “What kind of scenario am I reading/making and what type of critiques should I consider to inform this scenario?” Next you will begin to answer the question: “why are we constantly surprised by the future?”

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