Workshop Your Futures
6:30 pm18:30

Workshop Your Futures

  • Sutherland Labs

We often hear people postulate about how the future will be 'fill in the blank'. The truth is, the future cannot be predicted; even more important there is no one future but a variety of possible futures. In this workshop, you will use a combination of strategic foresight, design thinking, and innovation to consider a variety of personal futures.

You will learn how to better analyze and study the future using classic strategic foresight methods and tools that have been redesigned into mini exercises. This workshop will disrupt your view of the future, challenge your assumptions, and offer you insight into other possibilities for your future 5, 10, even 20 years out.

This workshop is being run by Alida Draudt and Julia Rose West. Co-authors of What the Foresight.

WORKSHOP: What Now? The World Post-Automation...
6:00 pm18:00

WORKSHOP: What Now? The World Post-Automation...

  • IBM Watson

What will the world be like when automated services have penetrated all our lives?

From autonomous cars, robotic manufacturing, to artificially intelligent healthcare, the way we live and operate will be vastly different than the way we do things today. What tasks will become obsolete and what new tasks/behaviors will we have to create to cope with these new lifestyles? Will we become smarter or lazier?

Join us at IBM alongside some of their subject matter experts to guide us through the future of automation.

Feb 26


  • Gray Area Theatre

RIMER, a Speculative Futures conference, will be hosted at Gray Area Theatre in the heart of the Mission District just minutes away from downtown. We’ll be hosting a range of speakers and workshops by leading designers, strategists, and educators who are using speculative and futures design thinking as a tool to create strategies for addressing the evolving world and the emerging technologies and issues that are unfolding within it.

Democracy Futures Workshop
6:30 pm18:30

Democracy Futures Workshop

  • Cooper

Bev May will be facilitating a workshop to envision the future of political action and civil liberties in a modern democracy. Now, more than ever we can use design to reimagine the future.

Ask yourself how user-centered, citizen-centric design can have impact and play a role in the future?

6:30 pm18:30

ATX: Jake Dunagan: The Future as a Cognitive Prosthetic

  • Urban Co-Lab

Sorry for the silence folks...we've been quite busy. We're happy to announce that our next meetup will feature SF/ATX native Jake Dunagan. This is a real treat and honor to host Jake, a futurist and designer who's been working in this field for over a decade.

The Future as a Cognitive Prosthetic

It is better to be surprised by a simulation, than blindsided by reality. The future is always an abstract projection from the present, and is often hard to conceive. In order for new futures to be made thinkable, they must first be made feel-able. Experiential futures is a recent methodological development that attempts to create fully embodied engagements with possible futures. Bringing the future into the present allows a deeper relationship to be created with tomorrow, With this cognitive bridge in place, we can then begin to take actions to design and build better futures, together. 

Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures for verynice—a design, strategy, and foresight social enterprise that gives half of its work away for free. He is adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA program at the California College of the Arts.  

Jake’s work centers around the concept of social invention. He has developed concepts and participatory platforms to help individuals, organizations, and institutions re-imagine and re-design their futures. He has worked with groups around the world on topics including social enterprise, embodied cognition, judicial foresight, kid’s technologies, intellectual property law, service innovation, and the future of work. He has helped create tools to increase citizen participation in political system design, and he also creates visual media, interactive experiences, and public engagement projects that inject alternative visions of the future into the present. 

*A suggested donation of $10 will be requested at the door to cover space rental and food.