Bridgette Engeler

Pracademic
Swinburne University; Incognito Sum

Trackmaker | The anomaly of design innovation in a post-growth and post-human world

Bridgette is a pracademic working across design, foresight and innovation at Swinburne University. Her work combines prospective thinking, research and strategy at the nexus of culture, futures, design and technology. Bridgette is the foresight lead for Geldom, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the next generation condom.

Functionally and aesthetically, what is imagined we will be using, building and living in 25 years or more from today is mostly very different from now, yet in most ways those images are still grounded in our current paradigms of living, consuming, construction and community, with insufficient attention to feasibility and practicality.

Karl Friðriksson

Chairman
Icelandic Center for Future Studies

Presentation |Futures for innovation in Iceland, the Fuzzy Front End

Karl Friðriksson is the chairman of the Icelandic Center for Future Studies and managing director of Human resources and marketing at the Innovation Center of Iceland. He has worked for decades in the fields of marketing, innovation, product development and future studies with emphases on scenario planning. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, future studies and clusters for companies and municipalities, as well as applied benchmarking. Karl is a certified project manager with a professional certification in the field of product development from The Product Development & Management Association in the USA and trained facilitator in field of cluster management from The European Foundation for Cluster Excellence He has authored host of articles, books and other publications in the field of management.

There is growing interest in probing the interaction of the disciplines of Innovation and the study of the future. There is evidence that there is added value in applying methods of Futures Studies at various phases of innovation, but not least of all in the pre-active phase of the development or at the Fuzzy Front End.

Vincent Galante

Co-Founder and President; Co-Founder
The Pixel Shop; The Innovation Shop

Experiential | Prodigy AI

Vincent is co-founder and President at The Pixel Shop, a Toronto-based digital agency, and co-founder at The Innovation Shop. As an experienced and cross-functional strategist, information architect, and designer, he has played a prominent role in the creation of digital properties, applications, and campaigns for some of Canada’s most recognized brands across a wide range of sectors. Vince holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts (Visual Art) from York University, and is an MDeS candidate in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. He is a member of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), and serves as Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC), a cross-disciplinary design think tank.

‘Prodigy’ is designed to examine the themes of artificial intelligence and the inevitable complexities that arise from the relationships between humans and anthropomorphized devices. Though most depictions of AI are dystopian, there are more nuanced and complex plausibilities that could emerge–ones that do not involve destruction but will challenge what it means to be human. How will we reconcile contrasting notions of ‘human’ and how will our decisions impact our lives? Are we prepared for this uncertain future? This 20-minute experiential future will be followed by a group discussion to critically examine the implication of such a future.

Nourhan Hegazy

Foresight Analyst/Idea Couture
OCAD University

Presentation | Generations : Assembly line of aging and meandering river

Nourhan is a design and foresight analyst enthusiastic about social and environmental impact. She’s worked on various multi-stakeholder projects that range from engaging women in tech to the future of giving, aging and nature. She previously lead an interdisciplinary design program in-between Cairo and Berlin as well as taught design research and human factors at OCAD University in Toronto. Nourhan has a B.Sc. (with high honors) in Product Design from the German University in Cairo and an MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University.

Generations : Assembly line of aging and meandering river

Michael Keoshkerian

Projects Manager; Masters Student
Ryerson University; OCAD University

Experiential | Prodigy AI

Michael is a Projects Manager in the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, with previous experience in policy development with the Ontario government. He is completing a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University, and has an Honours Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto. His career focuses on building partnerships between industry and academia, translating business needs and research challenges into collaborative opportunities. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, rowing, and video games.

‘Prodigy’ is designed to examine the themes of artificial intelligence and the inevitable complexities that arise from the relationships between humans and anthropomorphized devices. Though most depictions of AI are dystopian, there are more nuanced and complex plausibilities that could emerge–ones that do not involve destruction but will challenge what it means to be human. How will we reconcile contrasting notions of ‘human’ and how will our decisions impact our lives? Are we prepared for this uncertain future? This 20-minute experiential future will be followed by a group discussion to critically examine the implication of such a future.

Helen Kerr

Co-President & Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation
KerrSmith Design

Casestudy | Creative State Michigan

Helen Kerr has led of one of North America’s pre-eminent, research driven, innovation and implementation companies for over 25 years. With degrees in both Environmental Studies and Industrial Design, her work integrates design, foresight and strategy. Multi-disciplinary approaches to highly complex problems and experimental exploration have been the undercurrent of her career. Helen is also a professor and researcher in the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation program at OCAD University. She has been principle investigator for foresight projects in the government, healthcare, philanthropic, educational and financial sectors, leading participatory and co-creative processes involving enterprise wide engagement. Her most current project focused on exploring the futures of multi-modal transportation and land use in Southern Ontario for 2071. Helen consulted with the Higher Education Council in Pakistan to introduce integrated design into engineering programmes to achieve more impactful research translation and achieve development objectives. Helen has lectured and written extensively on research, strategy, design and innovation. In May 2012, she was the focus of a CBC documentary film entitled “Great Minds of Design” and was admitted to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts this year.

Presents findings and recommendations of our work have been positioned as a framework for the development of state and regional economic development priorities, strategies and investments to strengthen and grow jobs and businesses across Michigan’s creative and design industries for competitive advantage.

Dana Klisanin

Integral Psychologist & Futurist
Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc.

Game prototyping | Cyberhero League

Dana is an award-winning psychologist and futurist with a design background. Founder at Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Dana explores how we can use information technologies and new media to promote human wellbeing and planetary flourishing. Her transdisciplinary research explores frameworks for impact media design, as well as new mythologies emerging in the age of interconnectivity, including changing heroic archetypes, and the advent of collaborative heroism. A pioneer of “consciousness hacking,” Dana’s interest in using technology to improve human life and tackle global challenges led her to the field of game design. This she’s launching a transmedia gaming adventure that enables youth to tackle global challenges and take action to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Check out her projects @ danaklisanin.com & cyberheroleague.com

Cyberhero League is a locative/mobile gaming adventure on an epic quest to empower youth with the ability to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Game play involves completing apprenticeships with partnering nonprofit organizations and results in donations.  The goal of the DDT session is to brainstorm together to determine the most important or valuable “futures thinking” concepts to convey to youth ages 9-14.

Kelly Kornet

Foresight Researcher
Kalypso

Presentation | Ethnographic Experiential Futures: Combining ethnographic and experiential approaches to foresight

Kelly is a Toronto-based consultant at Kalypso that works to inspire creativity and curiosity in clients by leading them through breakthrough innovation methods. She brings three years of experience as a researcher with expertise in foresight and design thinking. Kelly supports the Strategic Foresight team within the Strategy & Operations practice at Kalypso where she provides research, analysis and facilitation for clients in the process manufacturing industry. Prior to Kalypso, she worked at KerrSmith, a multidisciplinary innovation studio in Toronto and gained experience in the public and private sector with clients including Munich Re, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, TD Bank, Creative State Michigan and Metrolinx. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation. Her thesis and corresponding exhibition “Causing an Effect: Activists, Uncertainty and Images of the Future” explored the intersection of ethnography and experiential futures through the lens of environmental activism. Committed to socializing longterm thinking and innovative futures work, Kelly supports the World Futures Studies Federation as Creative Director of their biannual publication “Human Futures”.

Jennifer McDougall

Talent Developer; Professor 
Wilfred Laurier; Sheridan College

Workshop | Designing artifacts for the Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) Clinic

Jennifer is a facilitator, design researcher and futurist enthusiastic about imagining possible futures, collecting stories on human experiences and engaging in dialogues on what could be. She has facilitated leadership development and social justice workshops internationally, taught courses in Research Methods for Human-Centered Design and has worked collaboratively to design futures interventions for leaders in sustainable development and environmental justice. Jennifer earned her BBA with an International Concentration from Wilfrid Laurier University and her MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University.

The Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) Clinic is a playful intervention set in the year 2040, that explores one plausible culmination of many emerging trends – the concept of open and free access to nature in the urban environment being neglected, government austerity measures cutting budgets to upkeep public spaces, hyperconnectivity, income inequality on the rise, and precarious weather.

Stefanie Ollenburg

Futurist and Designer
Freie Universität Berlin

Presentation | A Model for Design and Futures Studies

Stefanie Ollenburg, lives in Berlin, Germany. She works as a consulting futurist and a communication designer, aiming to translate innovative ideas into real life projects. She also lectures at the Humboldt University in Berlin and the FH Münster on design and future studies. After Stefanie received her B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in advertising design from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (USA) she worked as an art and creative director for international agencies in New York, Vienna and Berlin. But her aspiration to support sustainability projects drove Stefanie to go back to school. She studied at the Freie University in Berlin and received her M.A. in Futures Studies. Currently Stefanie also works pro-bono in the project: “D2030 – a map for the future” (d2030.de). It is an open-source scenario process to show the risks and possibilities for Germany until the year 2030. Its objective is to nationally establish an active dialog about these future scenarios. Stefanie’s goal is to generate an understanding of futures thinking within groups and organizations, because: We need to keep in mind that today’s decisions affect how the future will become. And different plots i.e. actions will create different narratives of the futures.

This presentation proposes a model for a process that recognises that transformation needs both futures studies ánd design: a mindset that is open for alternatives and different viewpoints and ideas to create something tangible to result in projects that are visionary yet reachable.