Futurize Your Idea

DesignJam EP : Foresight Foundations with Stuart Candy

Ever wondered how to think like a futurist? It can be learned. This full-day workshop introduces basic premises and concepts, thinking skills and frameworks for rigorous imagining to help entrepreneurs, designers and changemakers in all settings to thrive in the face of uncertainty.

The following approaches will be used to develop a greater understanding of foresight:

  • Images of the future and the three P's -- possible, probable, preferable
  • 4D foresight - difference, diversity, depth and design
  • Long range scenario generation through deductive forecasting
  • Games for change - playful structures for improvisation and applied creativity

Participants take away foundational concepts and methodologies used in Strategic Foresight and tools for immediate application in strategic conversation and other professional contexts.

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Design Education

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Torch Lecture: Incubating the Future of Design Education with Debera Johnson

How can we incubate the future of design education and change the world at the same time? Get an inside look and meet some of the key people and projects that have shaped the success of the Pratt Institute's Centre for Sustainable Design Strategies. Both a platform to launch a green business and a design consultancy for world projects, the Incubator offers a unique way to use the power of networks, collaboration and community to get things done. In this talk, Deb Johnson shares the story of Solar Ivy, currently on display at New York's MoMA; a recent project for the Sustainable South Bronx Greenway project; and her latest design jam that brought 40 designers, HIV experts and media artists together for UNESCO's “Cultural Logic” project.

Recorded 24 March 2010 at OCAD University

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sLab Explorations: What Design Can Teach Business (& vice versa) with Nathan Shedroff

What can design teach the world of business? And what might business bring to design? With the business world finally focusing on innovation, design has become a new (if ill-understood) priority for managers and leaders. But the real innovation isn't the need for more products and services but to innovate what business, itself, means and how it functions. Nathan Shedroff is a pioneer in interaction and experience design and serial entrepreneur who now focused on how design and sustainability can inform and transform business as we know it.

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