The 12-month project, ProtoPolicyAsia, aim is to increase local community
participation in the Malaysian national policy-making process to work together
with relevant government agencies on social issues that relate to older persons
and persons with disabilities.
It involves the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia, Petrosains – The Science Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Lancaster University, Sunway University in Malaysia and United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health in Malaysia.
The project has been funded by the AHRC as part of the GCRF Highlight Notice for International Development: Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme.
Previously we have published and uploaded an animation on understanding Speculative Design through animation whereby the character, Siti explores through the ‘Provocation’ door. Find out more about Speculative Design as a new character, Roshan explores through the ‘Shapes of the Future’ door. Animation comes with Malay and Mandarin subtitle as well as closed captions in English.
ProtoPolicyAsia had a one-day Speculative Design Seminar at Sunway University on 21st January 2020. The aim was to share Speculative Design as a possible tool for policy-making with ageing as primary focus. Seminar participants included our very own Champions, local government agencies, as well as ASEAN and Nepal representatives involved in policy-making.
During the first part of the seminar, participants were given an introduction by Assoc Prof Yong Min Hooi on ‘Ageing in Asia: what does this mean now and in the future’.
Following that, Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves gave a brief history of ProtoPolicy and introduced the prototypes as examples for policy testing.
In the afternoon session, the participants started off in building scenarios using “What If…”. To expedite the process, we gave them two options listed below.
Scenario A: 75% of the population is over 60 years old
Scenario B: A mandatory retirement village is part of national policy
Participants were given some examples that might help them consider the possibilities stemming from Political, Economic, Social, Technology, Legal, Environment (PESTLE).
The What-If session quickly led to building a possible prototype / artefact with a strong focus on using emergent technology. Engaging discussions with lots of possibilities were clearly evident as each group considered the plausible outcomes before deciding on their preferred prototype. Each team member then presented their group prototype to the others. A sharing practice and discussion then took place on how these activities can be implemented back at their workplace.
ProtoPolicyAsia team hoped the participants found the seminar useful for their respective projects and will disseminate and share the information and knowledge with their colleagues and organisation upon their return. For future collaboration, please contact Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves or Assoc Prof Yong Min Hooi.
Previously the English Language version of the Little Book of Speculative Design was uploaded on this website. Finally, the Malay Language version is now ready and available for download at the links below:
1. Pengenalan mengenai Reka Bentuk Spekulatif untuk Penggubal Dasar di Malaysia
Following the Co-Designing Workshop with Community Members held on 3rd July 2019, ProtoPolicyAsia ran a Design Clinic with Older Adults (OA) on 16th October at Sunway University. Seven prototypes had been developed at the earlier workshop and were subsequently voted on by workshop facilitators and Champions. From these seven prototypes, the ‘travel kiosk’ were chosen for further development at the design clinic.
The OA group was given the task of building upon the travel kiosk idea to design objects, stories, and experiences that would help others understand how OAs experience travel and what it means to them. They began by exploring how young adults, middle-aged adults, and government actors experience and understand transport and the gaps in understanding OAs needs. From there, the participants considered two future scenarios:
Scenario A: 50% of the world’s population consists of OAs, and
Scenario B: To combat climate change, all privately owned transport has been banned and all travel is taken via public transport.
The participants considered what role the ‘travel kiosk’ would play in these future scenarios and how they would want to use such a devise. These explorations highlighted the importance of transport to OA’s social identity and self-perceptions of independence.
Using the preliminary designs and other inputs given by the OA groups, ProtoPolicyAsia is working on a portfolio of pieces that will tell their stories. When ready, the prototypes will be released to the public through a number of public events to obtain citizen’s and policy-maker’s response to these ideas. So stay tuned…