2020 Speculative Design Seminar

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.

  1. Scenario A: 75% of the population is over 60 years old
  2. 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.

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