Following up on my last post, I can finally lift the lid on my midsummer project: applications are open for a course I've put together for the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Barcelona, a summer Futures Lab within the Professional Masters program, running two weeks from 15 to 26 July, 2013.
"This course—the Futures Lab—will help students improve their ability to detect signals of change, organize insights into understandable models, synthesize new ways of mapping possible futures, identify the potential barriers and opportunities these futures present, and design innovative products, services or ideas that satisfy emerging needs. By learning the fundamentals of foresight and futures thinking, and how to tie these to innovation and creation, students will gain a toolset that doesn’t tell them what will happen in the future, but gives them the capability to identify and assess alternative futures presented by the world around them. Whether designing a new business, forward-looking fashion, an smartphone app or the next decade’s car, this course provides the tools for anticipation and action."
The course is geared toward students with interests in a range of disciplines, from design to strategy to innovation. Over the two weeks, we will introduce and help develop students' skills in areas such as horizon scanning and observational research, trends collection and classification, collaborative sensemaking, synthesis and modeling, and prototyping and communicating futures. The Futures Lab will be a mix of classroom learning, hands-on work and field research in Barcelona. In short, a lot of fun and futures.
I'm also excited about the team that will be involved in the Lab. Joining me as faculty are Cristina Bifano, Delia Dumitrescu, and Libby Garrett. Stay tuned for additional detail on guest speakers and other activities.