Future Proofing Alternate Realities

When we act, we create our own reality.

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By looking at the most trusted professions, we can realize how much power designers have

“We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.

And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
— Karl Rove

Reality-based community is a political label used to refer to those on the American Left who make political judgments based on present reality, in contrast with opposing factions which do not. The phrase can be pejorative or positive. It was first used by the George W. Bush Administration to criticize their opponents for limiting their vision to the way things were rather than including what the Administration's actions made possible.

When we talk about creating alternate realities, scenarios, contexts, users, gadgets, devices, communities, social constructs, we have to think about resilience and sustainability aka future-proofing. Critical design both as a theory and a tool can help us identify utopias and dystopias that revolves around our design choices.

Analyzing best and worst outcomes of our design in alternative realities that is not our current state may help us move beyond the limitations of how design right now and make more conscious design choices that is approved amongst pan-realities.

5 structural elements to liberating structures

Make it possible to speak the unspeakable and get skeletons out of the closet. TRIZ involves a series of workshops and activities that lay the ground for creative destruction by doing the hard work in a fun way

It can be used before or in place of visioning sessions, and builds trust by acting all together to remove barriers.

Further Reading

Principles of Future-Proofing

Principles of Future Proofing

Explains different methods and reasinings for future-proofing for different industries.

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Liberating Structures

Peer-to-peer coaching helps with discovering everyday solutions, revealing patterns, and refining prototypes. Workshop by Liberating Structures.

Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

Liberating Structures

Make it possible to speak the unspeakable and get skeletons out of the closet and makes space for innovation. Workshop by Liberating Structures.

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