What if? Design Fictions for Society

What if? Design Fictions for Society
Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.

Design fictions – like short sci-fi films, prototypes and graphic novels – are provocative and engage people, encouraging them to envision, explain and raise questions about direction of future technology and society. 

Following the success of the AHRC ProtoPolicy project, 'What If' seeks to explore further the potential value of design fictions for generating debate around policy initiatives amongst diverse community groups via imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.

The topical subject of dementia care and support following the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020 will be explored through this project. Employing a participatory design research methodology design fictions will be co-created and explored through a number of events and online social media networks across the UK.  

The project has been funded through Lancaster University's Impact and Knowledge Exchange Grants

Project Team

TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design
Andy Darby Andy Darby PhD Candidate Lancaster University

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Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

..attract a lot of attention!

The presentation of the work related to participatory design fiction as a tool to engage the public in debate on dementia-friendly futures and the Ageing Playfully cards have generated a lot of interest at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Denmark. The...Read full update

Dementia Futures workshop at Age UK Blackburn

Dementia Futures workshop at Age UK Blackburn

paves the way for new design fictions!

A participatory design fiction run with a group of senior citizens at Age UK Balckburn has created a number of insights on the way society views dementia and the challenges it faces. Participants engaged actively in a number of activities exploring the...Read full update

What If workshop at Age UK HQ

What If workshop at Age UK HQ

...exploring dementia futures using design fictions

A workshop conducted at Age UK HQ in London with members across different departments ofAge UK provided a number of insights into the current challenges people face with dementia. It explored preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society...Read full update

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

A paper on "design fictions: a tool for debating societal, legal and ethical aspects of personal and pervasive health systems presented at the EAI International Conference on Personal, Pervasive and mobile Health (PPmH) received a lot of attention and generated discussion on its potential as...Read full update

Workshop on designing preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society

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Workshop on designing preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society

21st of April 2016, Imagination Lab, The LICA Building, Lancaster University

Are you over 60? Then we need your experience and ideas designing futures for a dementia-friendly society

We are recruiting creative people over 60 years of age to spend time with researchers from...Read full update

How can emergent technologies help with our fight against dementia?

How can emergent technologies help with our fight against dementia?

As emergent technologies and the UK government’s dementia policy mix and shape our futures what are the potential consequences and implications for people with dementia, their carers, families and society at large?

What might these futures, these imagined worlds, look like? What problems...Read full update

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