Everyday Futures

One thing that struck me from the reading was the quote that “perhaps most importantly, everyday futures help us to realize our own agency: that all of us can, and must, play a role in shaping our future”.  This reminded me of a conversation I had with a math major here. She said that she hated doing any work that could be applied in any practical way and the moment she finds out that her projects could be applied to something useful, she loses interest. Hearing that blew me away. Coming from a field that is all about contributing to the world, it doesn’t make any sense to me. Whether or not people consider themselves to be, our jobs and lives are all about contributing to humanity’s future. It could be by having a child and adding to the next generation, by producing goods that people need, or  by contributing to the economy. Doing something that doesn’t contribute to our overall knowledge, economy, or health goes against our fundamental purpose. And while there has always been individuals who act selfishly or do not contribute to society, I can’t tell if this is going to become more of a socially acceptable trend.

Another quote that struck me from the reading was “we should agree to discuss nothing that could be acted out” and how you can imply improvisation to everyday futures. As a designer, we are often told/find that going through the experience you are designing for may lead to more interesting insights than designing from an outside perspective. The same goes for improv. Acting on impulses can tell more about human behavior and how people view or interact with things that could be from our future. Similarly, improv can reveal insights about our future that may not be accessed any other way. By making up your actions/a future on the spot, you are responding unconsciously to knowledge that is essential creating an everyday future rather than something that is bright and shiny.


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