Now, more than ever, in the face of unprecedented environmental, political and societal challenges it is critical to explore alternative futures and scenarios. Speculative design is one way of doing this, by hypothesising about plausible (as opposed to probable) future scenarios. This creates a space for debate and discussion on the kind of future people want and do not want, and acts as a tool to better understand the present.

The Vortex is a series of 4 expert-led masterclasses designed to provide foundational insights and prerequisite knowledge in the field of speculative design, design thinking and the post social media landscape.

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The Vortex 001

Intro to

Bianca Hermansen Signal Arkitekter

-What is the value in co-creation/collective intelligence?

-What is the value in working in a diverse/interdisciplinary team? What are some of the challenges and risks?

-Socio-spatial perspective: how can spaces facilitate creativity? What are some of the principles within urban planning/architecture that you apply in your work?

The Vortex 002

Intro to Speculative Design

James Auger

-What is Speculative Design? Introductory & history

-Case studies/examples of speculative design in practice (especially used in different ways)

-Speculative Design applied to human-tech relations/tech-mediated relations

-Critiques of the field

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Alternative Internet

Charles Broskoski

-Socio-spatial perspective: physical spaces and online spaces

-Challenges and risks with the current state of the internet/digital platforms

-Alternative models of the internet/web based tools

-Examples from experience

-What are some of the challenges involved in sustaining alternative (i.e. niche-based) platforms?

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Post Social Media

Severin Matusek

-How did we get here? An overview of the development of Social Media to this point

-How has the idea of a community changed because of Social Media?

-Key findings from Post Social Media report

-What do the numbers say? In which direction are people moving in relation to SM usage? Are there outliers? Are there differences between age groups, social classes, geography?