Huge parts of our world and its people are already experiencing the devastating effects of forced migration. Systems and borders are under great strain, and global social, environmental, and cultural stability will continue to be radically impacted. The UN predicts that climate change could create hundreds of millions of climate refugees in the next 50 years. We need to consider how we can prepare for what is ahead, and what we might learn from existing grassroots initiatives, current research, and humanitarian organisations working in the space, about the realities of the refugee experience and the environments they're travelling through and living in.
In this workshop we'll be exploring how speculative design can be applied to realising better possible futures for migrants as well as the countries and cultures that will host them. We will hear from designers working in the current Venezuelan diaspora and consider the general signals these events send about the future. We will also learn from the experiences and initiatives of refugees in Europe and those working in camps and at borders to support their journey.We will use speculative design methods and real case studies as tools to help us envision the different futures we may face as a global community and how we might better understand and address these unfolding realities in the near and longer term.
Possible topics to be explored - cultural and language translation; stability of essential supplies; humanisation of temporary accommodation; new platforms of sharing and distribution; connectivity; environmental resources; borders and bureaucracy.
What are the 3 most important things attendees will learn/take away from your workshop?
- Key principles and tools of speculative design
- A practical understanding of forced migration contexts and its relationship with climate change
- Opportunities for design to reveal radical solutions and new ways of thinking through humanitarian crisis
Who will most benefit from your workshop?
Mid-level to experienced designers, researchers and strategists