Week 6 Reflection

I think that this week we took a look at how future studies are conducted and what are the examples of them. It was interesting to learn about a guys who literally made himself an project that showed people how he wanted to tackle the fear of the future — by embracing them. I was a little bit creeped out by his enthusiasm and his wife allowing this to be a thing.

Also the homework from Wednesday helped me understand where I might be headed with my thinking about futures I can exist in. I was also surprised to learn that there was someone from our school that decided to become a pioneer in future studies and eco-friendly design, Arnold Wasserman. I think that the OLI for Friday was a really successful one in terms of the content it was holding and the amount of new things I learnt. Reading and watching about the alternative scenarios for healthcare in 2020 developed by IFTF, I had a chance to see what was actually being planned by organizations as our future and where I thought the future of healthcare was headed. I picked growth and collapse as my 2 topic since I thought it would be a study of the complementary sides of the future graph.

I think that the things we learnt in class this week are too specific to apply to a small scope project such as Paint the Pavement or some lunch boxes made by large companies. I think that if we had a project were our main task was to think about how a product or a set of products would be treated in the near future, we could have created a map of possible futures using the P-PPPP method and explore each region using techniques of Jim Dator.

But as a personal design approach, I think future planning/studying is always crucial to design for the whole world and the future. I would keep the P-PPPP logic as a key technique to understand what is plausible and so on. I don’t think I will become a future planner in the future(lol), but I think there is much to learn from those people who do, and to make sure I am not lost with where we are headed, I will keep reading and investigating what they are up to.

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