Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Speculative design is a way that design can be used to explore future possibilities. Thinking from the perspective of organizational strategy, it can be a way to prototype alternate possibilities for the future and to stimulate discussion about those possibilities. It can also be a way to confront what the strategist Dan Hill would call the "dark matter" around problems: deeply embedded assumptions and organizational orthodoxies that make it difficult to get to where we would like to be.
This workshop will introduce speculative design as an area of practice by sharing several examples of this type of design. Examples will be drawn from different industries with a focus on those produced by academic institutions. It will also include a short activity to experience speculative design by "doing". Attendees will leave with an understanding of what speculative design is and how it relates to other emerging areas of design, and as a group they will have the chance to talk about how approaches like these might help libraries confront the future.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.