Awakening to Futures of Possibility

And Recovering a Culture of Listening About a dozen people convened in May for an inquiry into possibility as possible in our futures. The sense of a future horizon where anything is possible, where possibility itself draws us forth, will always be for humanity a powerful source of dasein, of being “able to be for […]

From Debate to Dialogue: Disrupting Conversation Paradigms

Through human connection in conversation, deeper levels of discovery are touched. Who are we? Who do we want to be as a society? How can I contribute?  Together we will interact through a tool designed to hold space for paradoxical viewpoints, giving opportunity for insights missed in conversational competition to arise. What are the roots […]

Are We Transdisciplinary Yet?

Bridging Landscapes of Understanding We often claim innovation requires transdisciplinary learning – But is that so? Or is it still an aspiration? Where are we not transdisciplinary? Are we mistaking inter or multi for trans? (Why it matters) How might we structure transdisciplinary deep listening  and progress towards constructive dialogue? How do we bridge different […]

Grounding Practices that Enable Emergence in Dialogue

Design and engagement practitioners have adopted mindfulness approaches to large group participation recently, that help participants move from “heady” intellectual interactions to more embodied states of presence and awareness. Perhaps the most well-known approach is that of Theory U (Presencing), which has been applied in a huge range of process contexts, including in the 2015 […]

Decolonizing Futures through Storytelling

OCAD SFI grad student Pupul Bisht presented the October DwD on exploring storytelling to decolonize foresight methods. Pupul’s research in OCADU’s Strategic Foresight and Innovation program critiques and redefines futures methods by inquiring into cross-cultural and indigenous futures thinking. Pupul explores several questions in the workshop: How might storytelling work as a tool for inclusion […]