Friday, December 16, 2016
1 PM - 2 PM ET
In Conversation with the Future
Guests: Peter Jones and Karl Schroeder
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Futurist and science fiction author Karl Schroeder and Dr. Peter Jones, a professor of his from the Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes program at OCAD University, share their knowledge and experiences with the practices of anticipation science and foresight design with stories, methods, and insights from recent projects. Peter addresses the crucial skills of trend and cycle pattern recognition, and multi-temporality, learning to think in terms of both/and, as well as envisioning near and long-term time horizons. Karl looks into the future through lenses of research in science and technology and a rich literary imagination.
Dr. Peter Jones is an associate professor at Toronto’s OCAD University, a senior researcher with the Strategic Innovation Lab and a founding faculty of two groundbreaking MDes programs, Strategic Foresight and Innovation and Design for Health. For over 15 years leading the Redesign Network Peter has led the design of tools for thinking: Evidence navigation, Decision support, and educational services for scientists, clinicians, students and professional practices through foresight, design fieldwork and cognitive ethnography. Peter wrote Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience (2013, Rosenfeld), a leading text for systemic and service design methods for patient-centered and clinical healthcare. He is a frequent conference speaker and author in service and systems design in healthcare practice. Peter was a co-founder of the Systemic Design Research Network and serves as co-chair of the symposia series Relating Systems Thinking and Design. Peter holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Design and Innovation Management (Union Institute) and a Master’s in Human Factors Psychology from the University of Dayton
Karl Schroeder is an award winning author and one of Canada’s most popular science fiction writers, with ten published novels that have been translated into as many languages. He has also written numerous short stories, nonfiction pieces and academic articles. Click here to explore his work. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with his own consultancy, and Chair of the Canadian node of the Millennium Project, a private/public foresight consultancy active in 50 nations. He writes, does research and conducts workshops on topics that include the future of government, Bitcoin and other digital currencies, workplaces of the future, the Internet of Things, and augmented cognition. He uses science fiction to communicate the results of rigorous futures studies, and some of his recent research relates to how we can govern ourselves in the future. Schroeder’s story “Degrees of Freedom” in the book Hieroglyph, an optimistic science fiction anthology, explores how technology and tradition might be entwined in a future governing system of Canadian First Nations people.