Designing Transformative Futures

Ann Light, Colin M. Gray, Kristina Lindström, Laura Forlano, Dan Lockton, Chris Speed

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What makes the design of futures sufficiently transformative? Worldwide, people are aware of the need to change and keep changing to address eco-social challenges and their fall-out in an age of crises and transitions in climate, biodiversity, and health. Calls for climate justice and the development of eco-social sensibilities speak to the need for dynamic and provisional engagements. Such concerns raise age-old issues of inequality and colonialist destruction. Our designs carry the imprint of this current politics, wittingly or unwittingly, into worlds to come. This conversation asked how might we respond fluidly to coming uncertainties, questioning our own practices to sow the seeds of more radical trans-formation, while recognizing the structural forces that can limit or temper opportunities for design activism. It was organized in three quadrant exercises, which we also reflect upon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Research Society 2022: Conversations
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022
EventDRS2022: Bilbao (Design Research Society) - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022


ConferenceDRS2022: Bilbao (Design Research Society)
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  • futures
  • design ethics
  • action methods
  • design for transformation


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