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IFTF Foresight Talks: Transition Design: An Approach to Co-Creating Preferred Futures Pathways
A new approach is needed to address the complex, wicked problems confronting societies in the 21st century. Social issues form the roots of many wicked problems, yet often go unseen and unaddressed by traditional problem-solving approaches. On Thursday, April 15 at 8am Pacific Time, IFTF will host Terry Irwin and Gideon Kossoff of the Transition Design Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University to discuss the emerging practice of Transition Design, which draws on approaches from the social sciences to understand the social roots of wicked problems and places stakeholder concerns and co-design/collaboration at the heart of the problem-solving process. Transition design sees the future as both a space in which stakeholders can transcend their differences in the present and enter into a space in which they can create together and build trust as the basis for the more difficult work in the present. The future and the past are both seen as crucial in developing systems interventions that are connected to each other, as well as the long-term vision and the transition pathway milestones. With this Foresight Talk we aim to introduce the IFTF community to this approach, and ideally initiate a deeper conversation and collaboration in designing transition pathways towards preferred futures.

Useful links:

Gideon Kossoff: https://www.design.cmu.edu/people/faculty/gideon-kossoff#profile-main
Terry Irwin: https://www.design.cmu.edu/people/faculty/terry-irwin#profile-main

Transition Design Seminar website:
https://transitiondesignseminarcmu.net/

Transition Design explained through a COVID-19 project:
https://vimeo.com/476450043/66595daf96

Apr 15, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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