When Design Shapes Possible Futures

Design Cultures and Anticipation

Anticipation and design are both future-oriented activities, although they usually operate in different environments and, as a consequence, their aims and means are (partially) different. Design cultures are able to go beyond the existing ambience; they innovate by shaping objectives and indicating directions of change. Design cultures overlap with futures studies in many different ways: both are future-oriented, both serve people and social institutions, both deal with uncertainty, fuzziness, complexity and cultural issues. Both design and futures studies negotiate the needs of different stakeholders, aiming at developing more complete and integral viewpoints.

 This is one the featured sessions scheduled for the Anticipation Conference, 5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy).

 Further details here.


A new collaborator to the UNESCO Chair

Rocco Scolozzi has begun his collaboration to Project Anticipation. He will manage the Project Anticipation's website and take care of the organization of related events. 

Ecologist, PhD in Environmental Engineering, expert at environmental assessment and in decision support system, specialized in ecosystem services and participatory methods. Currently he works in partnership with EURAC (Bolzano, Italy), Department of Environmental Engineering and Department (University of Trento (Italy), University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), and with prof. R. Poli (UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems) within the interdisciplinary group SoFor – Social Foresight.


Advanced Design 5

I will be keynote speaker to the 5th International Forum of Design as a Process, entitled "The Shape of the Future as the Front End of Design Driven Innovation" (18-20 September 2014, Monterrey, Mexico). 
The forum is organized by the Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes.

From the forum's website (http://www.5thforumofdesign.com/):
The Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes is a network of researchers and professors who deal with design particularly in reference to the existing relationships between countries of Latin origin and language. They are interested in studying the creation value of design as a process and also as a product in an open relationship between Latin design cultures and other cultures.
The Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes is an informal group of researchers and university professors who study and operate in the particular branch of design known as design processes. This is a group of people who benefit (and self-finance) from regularly and meeting personally in a Forum. This forum allows them to exchange, to debate and to discuss their studies and experiences. The Forum is conceived as a thematic conference and it takes place within one of the members’ university.

The first meeting was held in Turin in 2008; it coincided with the foundation of the Latin Network and the writing of the cultural program/manifesto  called the “Carta di Torino”. In 2009 the Forum was held for the first time, its name was “Design Cultures as Models of Biodiversity” and it took place at the Escola de Design of Unisinos  in Porto Alegre (Brazil). The second Forum was held at the Universidade de Aveiro, (Portugal) in 2010; it was called “Design, art, craft: cross-fertilizations and experiences”. The third Forum was host by the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), working around the subject “Innovation in Design Education”.
The fourth forum was held in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) during the Brazilian Design Biennial, where the Forum was a guest of the UEMG. The title of this fourth edition was “Diversity: Design/Humanities”.


WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science

I have been elected as Fellow to the World Academy of Art & Science (www.worldacademy.org). The broad aims of the Academy are to contribute to the progress of global civilization, human welfare, the enhancement of world order, peace, the sustainable development of the planet and the realization of human dignity through transnational studies, operational projects, appraisals and recommendations made in an objective manner and from a global point of view; and to function as a transnational forum for interdisciplinary discussion of art and science and the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge. 


FuMee -- Deliberations from the last Steering Committee

During the last FuMee V, the Steering Committee of FuMee has decided (lightly) formalize its procedures. The Committe has decided to adopt a Charter making explicit the rules that will be followed from now on. Furthermore, Roberto Poli has been nominated coordinator of the FuMee series of events, while Pierre Rossell will assume responsibility for the content management of the FuMee website.

The topic of FuMee VI will be "Varieties of Anticipation". The decision about where and when FuMee VI will be organized is still pending.

More information from http://www.fumee.org. 



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