MyFutures Symposium 2018 provided strategies in designing for personal futures

Over sixty professionals, experts, policymakers and designers joined the MyFutures Symposium on the 5th of February 2018. The day kicked-off with a lecture on Barriers & Strategies when thinking about the needs of our future selves. Fully inspired, the participants went to work in six different workshops to design social innovations for care planning, future housing and family conversations. Result of the workshops will follow soon!

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MyFutures Symposium 2018: Samen Sociale Innovaties Ontwerpen

In onze maatschappij moeten burgers meer en meer hun eigen oude dag zelf regelen. Maar je eigen toekomst plannen doen mensen niet graag. Terwijl gemeentes en dienstverleners juist graag willen dat mensen meer anticiperen op hun toekomstige situaties, zodat zij hen ook beter van dienst kunnen zijn.

In het project MyFutures hebben we onderzocht hoe we mensen beter kunnen ondersteunen bij het denken, bespreken en inrichten van hun latere leven (zoals langer thuis wonen, verhuizen naar gepaste woning of zorg regelen). Zo hebben we nieuwe gesprekken ontworpen voor specifieke momenten om te kijken hoe de toekomst meer bespreekbaar is, en dus beter samen op te anticiperen is. De resultaten zijn een aantal inzichten om de gesprekken zo te voeren dat ze aansluiten bij de werkelijke behoeftes van mensen.

Op 5 februari delen we deze leerlessen in een lezing en gaan vervolgens met specifieke casussen aan de slag om concrete toepassingen te ontwerpen met als uitgangspunt de behoeftes van de eindgebruikers.

Klik hier voor meer informatie over het symposium.

Insight: Thinking about your living situation makes other future aspects temporarily tangible as well


First series of interviews

Insight: When people think about their homes and living situation, other aspects of their future become temporarily tangible as well.

Moving to another house is something that has a big impact for a long period of time. Thinking about moving seems to trigger thoughts about other aspect of a future life as well (Maybe because this is a safe, pleasant and tangible way to imagine the future). Claesje (interviewee/participant) said:

“Well, this house is just the way it is…a stair-lift, taking a shower…we would have to make some adjustments but it would be possible.”

In this series, we highlight inspiring insights in the process from MyFutures, obtained through the cases or educational programs. This insight is gained from the first series of interviews which we conducted to learn in what ways everyday people deal with their future.

400 people shared their futures at the Dutch Design Week

Participant thinking about his possible futures.

During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, MyFutures hosted the ‘Meet your Futures’ installation at the Mind The Step exhibition in the Klokgebouw for nine days. Every day, dozens of visitors climbed the installation to imagine a life of 130 years on this high seat. In total, over 400 people, from 5 years to 85 years old, left an audio recording in which they share what new possibilities a 130 year-old life could offer them.

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Fourth MyFutures Partner Meeting in Eindhoven

Fourth MyFutures Partner Meeting in Eindhoven

Last Tuesday, September 26th, was the fourth (out of six) MyFutures Partner Meeting. We started the afternoon with the presentation of the results and progress of each of the three cases. That led to three short but substantive discussions. The main part of the program was a workshop with the theme Probing the Future. Having learned the basic principles of futuring as skill. This workshop was provided by “friends of MyFutures”: Summ()n.

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Student projects in the Fall started

Student project in the course Contextmapping Skills
This September, several student projects at Industrial Design Engineering are tieing into the MyFutures theme. In the course DeepDive (TU Delft), twenty students study theory on cognitive biases, the reasons why people have difficulty in making decisions, thinking ahead, and seeing opportunities. Apart from discussing the literature, they look for concrete applications in design, especially how to make decision tools more supportive.
In the course Contextmapping Skills (TU Delft), some thirty students will conduct contextmapping studies for societal partners, finding out how people go about making choices and plans in specific situations such as buying a house, taking on financial services, and arranging informal care. Next to these group projects, several individual research and design projects have started. All these are expected to bring results by the end of this year.

MyFutures booklet: opening edition


MyFutures: Opening Edition

In the MyFutures project, we study how individuals can deal with this challenge: how to face the need to arrange things, and start discussing it with others. And how local government and care organisations can provide better services. After half a year, we presented first findings in a symposium, and in this booklet.

With rising life expectancies and retreating government, citizens have more to arrange for their old age situations. But planning for the future, and discussing this with your family, friends, neighbours, and local organisations isn’t easy. 

Interested in the whole story? Download the booklet here!

Sleeswijk Visser, F, & Ernst, E. (Eds, 2017) MyFutures: the future is plural.StudioLab Press.