We are now living in a whitewater world that is hyperconnected, rapidly changing, and radically contingent. In Design Unbound (MIT Press, 2018), Ann Pendleton-Julian and John Seely Brown argue that a new approach is needed to address the complex and entangled challenges that are increasingly common in this dynamic world. They describe a new mindset, based on understanding complex systems from an ecological perspective, and introduce a new set of tools to respond to these challenges.
In particular, they call for harnessing the power of a pragmatic imagination that engages a full range of mental activities to discover radically new solutions. Among the specific design tools they describe is the practice of “world building” that can be used to guide the development of transformational solutions to seemingly intractable (wicked) problems.
•Design Unbound: www.desunbound.com
•The Pragmatic Imagination: www.pragmaticimagination.com
•Mapping the Pragmatic Imagination: An Interview with Ann M. Pendleton-Julian: http://henryjenkins.org/blog/2016/11/mapping-the-pragmatic-imagination-an-interview-with-ann-m-pendleton-julian-part-1.html
•John Seely Brown’s website www.johnseelybrown.com