My team and I have always dabbled with technology, and we also entertain utopian/dystopian visions of the way the world and work will shift, as part of how we forecast design solutions - so on some level, we are not so surprised. The things we’ve long been fiddling with - like trying out digital collaboration tools, fussing with microphones and cameras, webinar software and making videos, and experimenting with new modes of employment, work structures, flexible arrangements, and new business models - all these seemed frivolous or alien to many people, until now.
X-Hood, one of the innovations developed by the team at STUCK that helped address the issues heathcare workers faced when dealing with infectious patients.
Now it seems like we were prepared for this and rehearsed it many times. So it is not so much about using technology to navigate the future, but rather, I think we’ve had a future-forward, change-embracing mindset that has been helpful for us in being ready to navigate the recent happenings. I believe this openess, willingness to try things and keeping a lookout for trends and being change-aware, is the real ‘technology’ behind being able to navigate futures.
Let’s go back to being bold to dream and invent. Let’s look at possibilities while we look at problems to solve. Solving problems is one, but not the sole legitimate justification for creative work.