Practical Futuring

workshop – 150 min | Feb 4 – 9:00

This session will introduce participants to a set of experiential futuring techniques intended to help them embed long-term thinking and sustainability concerns into the practice of interaction design

Have you ever wanted to create more space for long-term thinking in your work? In this session, we’ll introduce a set of design methods adapted from the world of futuring studies, along with an exploration of alternative economic models that can help you reframe project goals and outcomes with a more systemic, long-term focus.

Through a combination of talks, discussions, and hands-on activities, you’ll gain experience conducting environmental and horizon scanning, forecasting, and scenario planning, and explore how to align your personal values with finding opportunities to do meaningful work.

Ultimately, you’ll walk away with a set of tools designed to help you embed a wider range of systemic long-term goals into your everyday design practice.

Participants will learn: * How to prototype with experiential futuring techniques * How to reframe goals and outcomes using alternative economic models * How to align your personal values with your professional goals

Alex Wright

Alex Wright
Etsy and Carnegie Mellon School of Design

Erica Dorn

Erica Dorn
Managing Director, The Good Work Institute

About the speakers

Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Etsy and Carnegie Mellon School of Design
Alex Wright is the Senior Director of User Experience at Etsy and a doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon School of Design. He has previously held UX leadership roles at The New York Times and IBM, has co-founded two Internet start-ups, and previously taught at the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Interaction Design. He has also written two books on the history of the information age, and more than 100 articles for publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Interactions, and Communications of the ACM.

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Erica Dorn

Erica Dorn

Managing Director, The Good Work Institute
Erica Dorn is Managing Director at The Good Work Institute (formerly Etsy.org) where she choreographs experiential leadership programs focused on building inclusive and compassionate economies through appropriately-scaled, collaborative enterprises. Erica’s led a mission-driven career working inmicro-finance, community economic development, and small business education. She formerly ran business development and lending for Accion New York, and has built community economic development and education programs for the Queens Public Library, Department of Small Business Services, and Bernoulli Finance. Erica is an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College in New York and a board member of Slow Money NY.

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