CIID: Designing for Adaptation and Emergence (Copenhagen – November 2019), UN City, mandag, 25. november 2019
How do we design for emerging, complex environmental challenges? This intensive 3-day workshop offers an immersive introduction to using design practices to amplify environmental programs and initiatives.
In this course we’ll dig deep into the practices that designers use to bringing complex futures and pathways to life through futuring exercises, visual comics, and prototypes. Using the context of climate adaptation, we’ll learn how to craft future stories from diverse research and scientific inputs, and how to use these stories as a common starting point for aligning stakeholders in order to co-produce products, programs, and services. You’ll walk away with increased confidence in your ability to facilitate a toolkit of practices and apply them according to your own needs.
Over the two days you’ll explore inspirational case studies about services helping people adapt to climate change, create your own visual narratives, and practice using these visual props in workshop settings to build engagement and alignment. Lectures are spread throughout the workshop and are immediately followed by direct hands-on applications, with individual and group coaching along the way.
Over the course of three days, we will introduce you to tools and techniques that help visualise and explore future actions. The methods are widely applicable for any complex issue where scientific information is key, future visions must be shared, and a wide variety of stakeholder input and buy-in is required.
Trend Mapping: identify current trajectories and projections from both environmental science, climate science and the wider socio-economic context
Pattern Harvesting: find signals of emerging trends or tipping points
World Building: use research findings to craft possible future worlds
Climate Fiction Prototyping: develop services, programs, products, or initiatives for these future worlds and explore their implications
Visual Storytelling: develop visual stories, comics, or prototypes of these future stories to get feedback and ultimately iterate towards one vision
This course is ideal for...
Anyone responsible for creating or delivering products, services, and programs that target environmental change—sustainability managers, program managers, project managers, researchers, research scientists, analysts, and programme officers. At CIID we use these practices with environmental consultants, NGOs, civil sector groups, municipalities, private companies, and educational institutions. Due to the small course size we are able to give a lot of individual attention and support to all participants and have time to go in-depth when needed.
The course is particularly suited for multidisciplinary project teams working towards a common goal, and we encourage teams to join as a group to acquire fluency in a new shared language and methodology.
Introduction to the iterative design process
Futuring: mapping trends and environmental projections
Worldbuilding: building rich futures
Visual Storytelling: crafting comics to explore actions + implications
Prototyping: building to bring the actions to life
Facilitation: iterating with stakeholders to align visions
Emergent Thinking: harvesting for next steps
Francesca Desmarais, Senior Facilitator
Francesca Desmarais is an Interaction Design Lead at CIID. Across the institute, she leads professional projects with organisations and companies, teaches workshops, and is crafting new techniques to design for climate adaptation. Francesca is responsible for leading teams through a people-centred design process, driving deep research and creative prototyping, and incorporating distinctive elements like quantitative data and science into the design process. She teaches workshops in Design Research, Service Design, and Designing for Adaptation. A systems thinker and strategist, Francesca has a strong background in environmental and social design. Her passion is fusing disciplines to shape a design process that helps communities and systems adapt to climate change. Prior to joining the CIID team, she was the Strategy and Research Lead for Architecture 2030, a top U.S. think tank in low-carbon architecture. She worked as a project lead, strategist, and spokesperson and was the Director of the 2030 Challenge for Products, an innovative initiative to reduce the embodied carbon of building products.
Annelie Berner, Senior Facilitator
Annelie is an interaction designer and researcher. Together with her team in CIID Research, she runs projects that span from researching and designing tools for dialogue on sensitive topics to tools for ethical decision-making among IoT developers to designing an interactive exhibition of future energy choices. She is currently specialising in how to structure and visualise ethics in new technology, and how to imagine and create futures in collaborative and open ways. She runs workshops, creates exhibitions and tools in these areas, often integrating the medium of interactive data visualisation. She is a faculty member and researcher at CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) where she teaches programming and data visualization.
Testimonials from previous courses
"CIID did an excellent job at creating a course that can be valuable to different levels of experience. We could take away everything from broad strokes to tips and individual techniques. I really enjoyed the examples shared, and the hands-on approach that helped us move quickly into prototyping was great. The instructors were very flexible and tailored the content to our needs."– Senior Experience Designer, Wolff Olins
Cancellation and refund policy
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