MyFutures wins the Hans Sauer Award Special Price

MyFutures Team in Munich

During the Social Elevation Days in Munich, MyFutures received one of the awards for the best Social Labs in Europe. After three days of co-creation with all finalists of the Hans Sauer Award 2018, the winners of this year’s award were selected on 11 March by both a public and a jury voting. “The jury decided to give a special price to this project as it combines innovative methods with lab-like working styles in an area that is crucial to the ageing societies not only in Europe.”

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Experts en ontwerpers creëren samen sociale innovaties op het MyFutures Symposium 2018

In februari hebben we in zes workshops met belanghebbenden en experts voortgebouwd op de inzichten van MyFutures. Hier zijn behalve leuke eindfilmpjes per workshop allerlei/interessante ideeën en connecties uit voortgekomen, waar we momenteel serieuze vervolgstappen voor aan het zetten zijn. Zo zijn we met ontwerpbureau’s opdrachten aan het formuleren om samen met een aantal partijen (o.a. Mezzo, Haaglanden, KoDiezijn, gemeente Rotterdam, ING, Vivent, Zuidzorg) concrete vervolgstappen te zetten, waarin de inzichten daadwerkelijk worden toegepast. Twee van deze opdrachten zijn al gestart!

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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.

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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.

Fall 2017 Electives opportunities

This Fall, in ‘semester 3’, we offer 3 electives that connect to MyFutures.

In MyFutures, TU Delft design researchers, in collaboration with the Design Academy Eindhoven, care organisations, municipalities, and insurers, aim to develop Tools to support thinking about personal futures. This Fall semester we organize three ways to engage with this project in elective courses, building on what was already learned in the project, and working with us to help the project progress.

ID5663 Contextmapping Skills  is the advanced training ground to learn contextmapping with the pros. In groups, you will carry out a complete contextmapping study for a real societal partner. You will defeine the research question, scope and focus, create the materials, conduct sessions, analyse and report the results. CM Skills is taught in collaboration with Design Agency Muzus.  As with last year, the clients/partners will come from the MyFutures problem space. (6EC, Tuesdays in Q1 and Q2) <More…>

In the new electives format ID5070 Deep Dive, you will study an area of scientific and practical knowledge in-depth. This involves reading, finding literature (and in this case: design examples), and discussing these in interaction with experienced academics. This first edition’s topic Design for (?) User Biases is tied closely to MyFutures: how do people make decisions, what stands in the way, and what can be done to help them.  This course will be taught by Pieter Jan Stappers and a visiting researcher from the University of Minnesota, USA. (3EC, Wednesdays, in Q1) <More…>

Finally, if you are interested in doing an individual research project ID550X, contact us. We are interested in guiding research projects which build on and contribute to the MyFutures insights, especially about ‘making plans for personal futures). (Individual scheduling, 3, 6, or 9 EC). Questions? Contact p.j.stappers@tudelft.nl or f.sleeswijkvisser@tudelft.nl.