Design Futures Lecture: How to Build a World
The art of developing, exploring and communicating alternative futures is in an exciting and rapid phase development, with the emergence of overlapping practices, and their respective discourses, around experiential scenarios, transmedia storytelling, and design fiction. This talk is a dispatch from the frontier of world building — future creation and communication — from one of its pioneers. It will explore the principles informing both the most and least successful strains of experimentation, and points to where all this could be leading, and why.
Stuart Candy, a.k.a. the sceptical futuryst, is a designer, consultant, writer, educator, and activist. He is currently senior foresight and innovation specialist at the design and engineering firm Arup, and adjunct professor in the Design Strategy MBA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He became the first research fellow of the Long Now Foundation in 2006. Stuart received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa for work on experiential scenarios, an approach to immersive storytelling at the intersection of futures, design, and politics. Originally from Australia, he also holds an LL.B. and a B.A. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Melbourne.