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Design for Desirable Futures @ IxDA Lausanne

Design for Desirable Futures @ IxDA Lausanne

Marie-Cécile Godwin

April 16, 2019

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  1. 2079 Business
 as usual A future where we did not

    change anything to the way we live and design things
  2. Photo by Collin Armstrong on Unsplash — Event — Population

    Climate change conference 2042 500 millions — Society — Climate States collapsed, very high child mortality 25°C / 53°C — Resources — Lifestyle No more fossil fuels Empty cities 2079
  3. Photo by Collin Armstrong on Unsplash — Problems — Learnings

    Decline is slow and almost invisible, we cannot see a collapse before it happens Hell is other people Technical locks are very powerful We need to reconnect to the living, to Earth. We need to detect and break down technical locks 2079
  4. Photo by Asa Rodger on Unsplash — Event — Population

    GAFAM coalition for Earth 4 billion — Society — Climate corpocracy, regulated births 8°C / 45°C — Resources — Lifestyle Rare and heavily managed Security quarters and slums 2063
  5. Photo by Asa Rodger on Unsplash — Problems — Learnings

    Waiting for problems to solve themselves Trusting capitalistic corporations to solve problems "Hell is other people" — until it really is Everything is political Empowerment, individual and collective intellligence Free and open commons 2063
  6. Photo by Zack Smith on Unsplash — Event — Population

    ReTerraForm project 5 billion — Society — Climate Authoritarian scientific ecocracy -10°C / 40°C, 25°C / 60°C — Resources — Lifestyle Managed natural resources Hard outside of thermoregulate cities 2055
  7. Photo by Zack Smith on Unsplash — Problems — Learnings

    Protect only one part of humanity Clutter and "technologism" Loss of purpose Never underestimate toxic system’s resilience Repair Earth and the living, respect its limits We have to make choices 2055
  8. 2048 Compensated Ecocracy A future where we try to compensate

    negative externalities, without stopping nevertheless
  9. Photo by Arkadiusz Podniesinski/REX Shutterstock — Event — Population 2038:

    raw materials crisis 10 billion, decreasing rapidly — Society — Climate High mortality, worldwide state collapse -5°C / 35°C — Resources — Lifestyle natural: abundant / fossil: depleted Violent / depopulated cities 2048
  10. Photo by Arkadiusz Podniesinski/REX Shutterstock — Problems — Learnings Hiding

    problems just make them worse Social, technical, philosophical locks Repair Earth, reconnect to it 2048
  11. 2057 A sustainable future? A future that we enable right

    now and which takes into account our planet’s limits
  12. Photo by Arkadiusz Podniesinski/REX Shutterstock — Event — Population Climate

    strikes 5 billion — Society — Climate Ecofeminist democracy -10°C / 35°C — Resources — Lifestyle natural resources back to sustainability Resilient, green cities 2057
  13. Photo by Arkadiusz Podniesinski/REX Shutterstock — Problems — Learnings Sociological

    and technical locks prevent us from moving forward Alterity & pluralism Enable people to exercise their autonomy and intelligence Prepare ourselves emotionally and intellectually 2057
  14. •Acknowledge and integrate Anthropocene as a focal starting point in

    our practice, •Refuse the infinite growth dogma, •Plan and handle our artifacts and systems' externalities and life cycles, •Prove and assume design as a political act, •Preserve, even regenerate our planet's habitability, •Support ourselves as peers by creating convivial design tools.
  15. New
 beginnings Corollary 1 : we cannot allow ourselves to

    genette any négative externality. The concept of "trash" must disappear from our practice. Corollary 2 : any resource utilisation creates either a human, social or environmental debt that has to be reimbursed anyhow. Actions : Design and plan life cycles, manage resources as debts, define every system’s perimeter, etc References : The Limits to Growth — Donella & Dennis Meadows - 1972 The Shift Project (https:// theshiftproject.org/en/ We exist within a finished and hermetic world: no matter and no energy comes from nowhere nor disappears. Planetary limits
  16. New postures
 of the self Alignment / inspiration Prepare yourself

    emotionally Introspection, humility Inspect our tools for thought Alterity and pluralism
  17. New means
 of action Bring beauty to the world Knowledge

    and commons Transdisciplinarity, offset skills "Show, not tell" Decrease negative, increase positive
  18. Tools Circular economy Energy Climate Low-tech design Ethics and inclusivity

    Economics Low-tech practical skills Defuturation Externalities …
  19. You might feel overwhelmed. And you might feel unable to

    see what to do next. It’s okay. You are far from being alone.
  20. Action ! Help us build our heuristics! You can add

    resources and links, enrich the knowledge base, refine the principles, etc frama.link/commonfutures-heuristiques
  21. Action ! Let’s build frameworks and matrices for life cycle

    design and externality planning As well as some for energy consumption, CO2 production etc
  22. Action ! "Show, don’t tell" A tangible artifact or a

    real project is worth ten thousand words. If it’s real, no one can deny its existence. Release this POC into the wild!
  23. Action ! Let’s be radical The world will change only

    because of our radicalism and the way we don’t negotiate with ourselves. Soft compromise is not an option.
  24. Action ! Let’s be leaders, but not just any leader

    And let’s demand better leaders too!
  25. Action ! Let’s write our stories and wear them like

    a badge Your values, the path you took, your story are worth writing and reading. We need as many tales as possible. medium.com/common-futures
  26. No fight or cause is better than any other. There

    is room for everyone and every fight. Room for every way of fighting. Room for all angles. Let’s be better allies. Fight so that others can fight the way they want.
  27. There is no "good solution". There is no solution. We

    will not capture all the CO2 we produced during the last century. We cannot change the course of time. We have to deal with this new state of things. Will we collapse? Or will we degrade? It doesn’t matter. The difference lies in what we choose to do as of today.