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Metadesigning Futures

Some Workshops & Talks Celebrating 20 years of Research into Metadesign

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower. London, SE1 9PH | Sunday 18th September, 4.00pm - 6:30pm, 2016

Metadesigners Workshop Small
A previous Metadesigners workshop in 2010

LONG-TERM VISION

This two and a half-hour event asked how design thinkers can create future economies and communities that enable us to survive in the era of mass extinctions and climatic changes. It also raises specific questions about the way creativity is harnessed in the world, and how designers can play a more effective role in change.

20 YEARS OF DESIGN THINKING

Why do many companies still invent and innovate at the level of products and services, when what is killing us is the same old lifestyle habits and business models? By reflecting upon – and celebrating – several decades of research in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, the organizers will invite participants to join them in playful speculation about possible futures. This is an open event that aims to be informative, collaborative and fun.

KEY CONCEPTS & PRACTICAL OUTCOMES

The ‘Metadesigning Futures’ afternoon will investigate a few key concepts (e.g. ‘metadesign’, ‘design futures’, ‘languaging’ and ‘synergies-of-synergies’) in order to explain how we used these ideas to shape ground-breaking initiatives in both commercial and academic fields, over the last twenty years. These will be interspersed with collaborative exercises, games and workshops.

ATTENDANCE

There was a mixture of experts, including graduates of the MA Design Futures programme at Goldsmiths, since. It also included researchers, lecturers, graduates and visitors who have developed and/or applied aspects of metadesign to their work.

WORKSHOPS & BRIEF TALKS

4.00 - 4.20pmIntroduction to Design Futures & MetadesignProf. John Wood
4.20 - 4.50pmBisociating New FuturesProf. Mathilda Tham & Anette Lundebye
4.50 - 5.00pmQuestions + discussionDr. Julia Lockheart
5.00 - 5.30pmCreative QuartetsProf. John Wood & John Backwell
5.30 - 5.40pmQuestions + discussionProf. Mathilda Tham
5.40 - 6.10pmCo-authoring as a Design Futuring Tool Dr. Julia Lockheart
6.10 - 6.20pmQuestions + discussionJohn Backwell
6.20 - 6.30pmKey metadesign questions for the futurePanel Discussion
6.30 - 6.35pmClose / Thanks / Off to the pub

FOR FURTHER INFORMATON

Contact:

Dr. Hannah Joneshannah@dschool.stanford.edu
Dr. Julia Lockheartj.lockheart@gold.ac.uk
Website:http://metadesigners.org/home

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