Horizon 2020: DESIGNSCAPES
(Building Capacity for Design enabled Innovation in Urban Environments)
Future studies / Transformative research / Development of target knowledge / Conception and implementation of digital workshops / Storytelling / Event organization
What do climate-just and desirable futures look like? This is a question that cannot be answered in one single discipline or nationality. Scientists and practitioners must cooperate with each other and strive for transdisciplinary knowledge integration. New practices are sought to involve different stakeholders to generate knowledge in transformation processes. This is where the Future Booth project comes in – it is an international and interdisciplinary research project between Germany and Italy.
Future Booth is an innovative process prototype – a 3-part digital workshop format. The workshops build on each other in content and methodology, and are simultaneously accompanied by a graphic recording. While the first workshop creates a kind of inventory of the greatest challenges and criticisms with regard to climate-just futures, the second workshop develops desirable future scenarios (starting from the main points of criticism). In the third workshop, the desirable future scenarios are translated into stories and thus enabled to communicate and discuss about.
All workshops require active participation of the attendees. The workshops alternate between rational/analytical and intuitive/creative work phases, with targeted ‘media breaks’ and continuously changing working groups.
The workshops were held in parallel, in German and Italian. At times both groups met in the digital space to exchange their perspectives and insights.
Future Booth Intervention (analog) during the Friday demonstrations in 2019
Concept and planning of the digital Future Booth
Execution of the 3-part workshop in Italian and German language
Evaluation of the process prototype
Exploitation of the results
With the living lab project Future Booth, insights can be gained into what desirable visions of the future currently exist within cultures, and what consensus and dissent prevail within them.
By combining verbal exchange with graphic recording, the knowledge could be directly visualized, providing space for alternative interpretations, joint learning, debate and critical reflection. The drawings function as so-called ‘focal points’, i.e. ‘attractors of action’, as they attract attention and initiate conversations.
The creation and communication of target images can provide orientation, motivation and can call for action.
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY
„The work done in such a short time is remarkable. […] A great resource, indeed, is the diverse composition of the participants.“
“This is all very new to me, especially in my approach to the problem, which is essentially based on what is imagined for the future, rather than on the analysis and search for viable solutions. A new point of view for me.“
“[…] speculating together has helped me greatly in stretching my mind and imagination.”
“[…] For me personally, I took from Future Booth a great deal of faith in the good that groups and communities can still express.”