An event meetup showcasing speakers and workshops on Speculative & Critical Design, Design Fiction, Strategy & Foresight

About Us

Speculative Futures chapters are organized by The Design Futures Initiative (DFI), a nonprofit 501c3 organization based in San Francisco, CA. Our mission is to bring together designers, strategists, artists, scientists, and futurists to have a conversation about the ethical, cultural, environmental, political and economic impact of future products and services. It serves to answer the questions of what future we want and what are the implications of the choices we make today.

We are brining people together to help the world imagine a better place to live.

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Board of Directors

 
 
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Phil Balagtas President & Founder

Experience Design Director, McKinsey & Co

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Sarah Hendrix M.Ed. - Treasurer

DFI Global Operations

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Mary Lukanuski - Secretary

UX  Director, Google

 
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Jack Wilkinson  Board Member

Invention Lead, Design Futurist at Future Laboratories/Parsons faculty

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Chris Livaudais Board Member

Executive Director, IDSA

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Adam Zeiner Board Member

Interaction Designer, Design Institute for Health

 

Our History

 
 

In April 2015, we launched our first meetup in San Francisco as an experiment. We were fascinated with Speculative and Critical Design and wanted to create a platform where we could share work and methodologies. Over the years our events grew in size and popularity. Since it’s inception, we’ve welcomed over 2000 members worldwide, hosted over 50 events, and workshops, and organized 3 conferences. Speculative Futures chapters exist in over 10 international cities and is growing every day.

 
 
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Our vision is to expand our global community and further the discourse around Speculative Design and Foresight as strategies for responsible, ethical, and mindful design futures.

 
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Methods

We hope to expand our methodologies and frameworks to continue to build upon our own design practice and share it beyond academia and corporations.

 

We wish to instate a new way of looking at our future together as one community, one family, inclusive of all industries and disciplines. 

 
 
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Communities

Our conferences serve as annual gatherings to serve major regions across the world. We hope to expand these to every corner of the planet so that everyone can have access to this content and learning.

 
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Beyond our events, we hope to continue developing more educational programs and offerings to reach out to more people and truly democratize, normalize and practicalize Futures Design Thinking.

 

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Who Supports Us

 

Since we were founded by designers, it’s primary audience is designers (interaction, research, strategy). However, our mission is to be inclusive of all parties (Futurists, Researchers, Strategists, Product Managers, Architects, Science Fiction writers/filmmakers, Scientists) who design and speculate about the future. Through a wide variety of futures-oriented content, we hope to inspire our attendees to feel empowered about changing the present and guiding our history toward futures we want.