Workshop: Playtools for the Future, with Pat Kane. 2.30pm Wed 27 Feb 2013

2.30pm-4.30pm Wed 27 February 2013, Transdisciplinary Common Room

Workshop - Playtools for the Future: using Design Fiction, Gamification and SF in futurological practice

Futurology is a discipline beset with hubris, both conceptual and statistical. "All the best laid plans of mice and men...." Yet there are a range of techniques - design fictions, gamification and SF writing - which can help us navigate the future more adroitly, and enjoyably, than weighty tomes from think-tanks or corporations. This workshop will introduce, and then invite participants to briefly try out, these more expressive tools of futurology.

Pat Kane is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is Lead Curator at NESTA and the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and Radical Animal: Innovation, Sustainability and Human Nature (forthcoming) (www.radicalanimal.net). He is one half of Scottish pop group Hue And Cry.

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