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IFTF Foresight Talks: Speculative Futures: Designing with the Future in Mind
Join the conversation between design futurist Jacques Barcia and speculative futurist, creative technologist, and designer Doc Martens, who sits on the board of the Design Futures Initiative and is the acting Director of Communications & Special Programming. In this talk, Jacques and Doc will discuss how Speculative Futuring can help us to adopt more extrapolative and speculative mindsets, and how we can use design as a tool to investigate the implications of today's emerging signals to co-imagine and co-create preferable future worlds. Doc will share examples from their personal and professional practice and introduce Futures x Design, a new framework and workshop co-created with Jack Wilkinson, that helps people to leverage different modes of futures design thinking to undertake speculative projects.

Speaker bio:
Doc (Dana) Martens is a designer, creative technologist, maker, teacher, life-long student and geek working to educate and empower communities to embrace the potential of speculative practice to understand how emerging technologies might be leveraged for social impact.

They currently work as a UX Designer at Teach For America by day, and as the Communications & Special Programing Director for the Design Futures Initiative by night, where they help connect the global speculative futures community across digital platforms, and work with external partners on new projects and collaborations. They have also worked with Jack Wilkinson to design and facilitate the new Futures x Design workshop in partnership with The Futures School, a two-day, immersive, design-driven workshop that provides a hands-on introduction to the basics of leveraging speculative futuring for personal and professional success.

Sep 14, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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