Feb. 4–6 2015 – CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Health and Society: Unexpected Futures

Curated by the Lift community
Fri, Feb. 06 2015 - 10:30 to 12:00
Room 11 (Floor 2)
  • Interaction designer specialized in information design and user experience

Workshop description: In a world in constant and increased pace of evolution, we are today obsessed with the future and its prediction. From science-fiction to prospective scenarios envisaged by corporations, we can notice a global appetite for prediction of the future. Although, parallel to this, there is an obvious breakdown of those futures. By being too consensual and not challenging known and acquired concepts and ethics, they offer no real place for imagination, questioning or alternatives for the society. As an answer to this issue, some disciplines such as design fiction and speculative design propose a new approach for predicting the future. It is based on studying the everyday life of people and objects embed in daily realities and applying a critical view to technological progress.

The topic of health and society is a thorny one. By being linked to many essential/fundamental concepts of our society such as death, illness or wellbeing, implying strong ethical issues, it offers one of the best territory to explore and question contemporary trends in our society. How those evolution in the field of medicine, quantified-self movement or organ printing will shape the society of tomorrow?

Interaction: The workshop will last 2h30 and will alternate between time of creation and time of discussion and debate. It will focus on the creation of speculative scenarios about possible futures of our society through the lens of change of paradigms in the health system of countries all around the world. The entirety of the workshop will be published online afterward.