DesignXDiscourse is a workshop and discourse series that is empowering citizens to speculate about possible futures and share their opinions. All narratives that are created in the course of the series are visualized as product webpages here. The presented product webpages are artifacts through which the narratives about possible futures are transported to our present. They invite us to think about the future, deliberate with others and reflect our current times.

Would you like to host a workshop or participate in the next workshop? We’re happy to hear from you.

OUR FRAMEWORK: To conduct the workshops we developed a workshop framework that allows every interested citizen to participate. No prior knowledge is required. The method of the framework is a fusion of principles from speculative design, critical design and graphic design and also has great influences from participatory design and last but not least deliberative democracy. We perceive it as a deliberative design approach for citizens to collaborate on tech narratives about our futures. The resulting visual narratives are a starting point for the broader society to deliberate together.

NEWS:  We are happy to announce that our paper for the Design as Common Good Symposium 2021 by the Swiss Design Network has been accepted. More updates on this will follow.

We presented the project at Waterkant Festival 2020. Watch the video to learn more about the project or find the details about its development and more below.

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When COVID-19 hit the world on a global scale in early 2020, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of what we previously would have called a speculative scenario. During this time we were based in Kyoto, Japan, and were developing a workshop format at Kyoto Design Lab (Kyoto Institute of Technology) to speculate about future scenarios of digital public spaces. The new situation that strongly demanded a minimum of physical human contact exemplified the importance of and need for a digital workshop format which allowed non physical cooperation on a global scale, especially in times of crisis. Furthermore, the measures to limit people’s movements taken by a lot of governments, including many democratic countries, illustrated in particular the importance of digital spaces for public discourse. In the course of this trend we started to develop a digital workshop kit that allows users to speculate about the possible futures of the digital sphere and visualize them using design approaches:

THE DIGITAL SPECULATION KIT

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When COVID-19 hit the world on a global scale in early 2020, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of what we previously would have called a speculative scenario. During this time we were based in Kyoto, Japan, and were developing a workshop format at Kyoto Design Lab (Kyoto Institute of Technology) to speculate about future scenarios of digital public spaces. The new situation that strongly demanded a minimum of physical human contact exemplified the importance of and need for a digital workshop format which allowed non physical cooperation on a global scale, especially in times of crisis. Furthermore, the measures to limit people’s movements taken by a lot of governments, including many democratic countries, illustrated in particular the importance of digital spaces for public discourse. In the course of this trend we started to develop a digital workshop kit that allows users to speculate about the possible futures of the digital sphere and visualize them using design approaches:

THE DIGITAL SPECULATION KIT

Learn how to apply the workshop kit, which audience it is intended for and explore its four phases in detail.

Curious what kind of projects can emerge from working with the toolkit? Have a look at the results.

Find out more about the context of the project and the people behind it.

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When COVID-19 hit the world on a global scale in early 2020, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of what we previously would have called a speculative scenario. During this time we were based in Kyoto, Japan, and were developing a workshop format at Kyoto Design Lab (Kyoto Institute of Technology) to speculate about future scenarios of digital public spaces.

The new situation that strongly demanded a minimum of physical human contact exemplified the importance of and need for a digital workshop format which allowed non physical cooperation on a global scale, especially in times of crisis. Furthermore, the measures to limit people’s movements taken by a lot of governments, including many democratic countries, illustrated in particular the importance of digital spaces for public discourse. In the course of this trend we started to develop a digital workshop kit that allows users to speculate about the possible futures of the digital sphere and visualize them using design approaches:

THE DIGITAL SPECULATION KIT

Learn how to apply the workshop kit, which audience it is intended for and explore its four phases in detail.

Curious what kind of projects can emerge from working with the toolkit? Have a look at the results.

Find out more about the context of the project and the people behind it.

PAST EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

OCTOBEr/november 2020
Workshop series at the Munich Universtiy for applied sciences with the design faculty

Oct./ NOV. 2020
Workshop series at the munich university for applied sciences with the design faculty

We held a threepart workshop series at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. The resuls will be published soon.

OCTOBER 28 TH / 2020
Talk at OAG Tokyo – Perspektiven auf die Zukunft digitaler Öffentlichkeiten

Oct. 28 TH / 2020
Talk at OAG – Perspektiven auf die Zukunft digitaler öffentlichkeiten

We held a talk at the OAG Tokyo (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens). More information on the talk and the recording can be found here (talk in German).

SEPTEMBER 07TH / 2020
CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL CREATIVITY ICCC’2020

SEPT. 07TH / 2020
CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL CREATIVITY ICCC’2020

Our workshop paper for the International Conference on Computational Creativity has been accepted. We submitted a  paper for the workshop track: Future of Co-Creative Systems. You can find the proceedings of the workshop with our paper contribution here and watch the video on the paper here (10 min).

JULY 14 TH / 2020
TALK AT THE german InstituTe for Japanese Studies

JULY 14 TH / 2020
TALK AT THE german InstituTe for Japanese Studies

On Tuesday (14. July) we talked about our research project at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo. More information on the talk here.

JUNE 20 TH / 2020
TALK AT THE WATERKANT FESTIVAL

JUNE 20 TH / 2020
TALK AT THE WATERKANT FESTIVAL

We were invited by the Gesellschaft für digitale Ethik (association for digital ethics) to present the research project and first findings from our research stay in Japan at the Waterkant Festival. You can watch our talk on Vimeo  (from 1:23:50 to 2:01:55) and find more information on the talk here.