In the midst of already turbulent and uncertain times, COVID-19 has forever altered how we live and work, exacerbating existing structural challenges and exposing new ones. Restarting with new constraints means a series of difficult decisions. We have a mandate to reimagine the way we work, collaborate, and lead.
As a globally shared experience, the pandemic is a common point of departure, from which traditional planning practices are no longer valid. This moment in history has paved the way for the redefinition of entire industries. What might be the function of air travel post-COVID? How might retail experiences be transformed? Now that we think about interiors differently, what new considerations might be necessary in real estate? How might leisure be redefined if we’re spending all of our time hyper-locally? How might we reimagine cultural experiences beyond the physical space, and make them more inclusive in the process? Answering these questions starts with making sense of what’s happening today and exploring its relationship to various future possibilities and probabilities.
RE:START is an immersive lab that will help participants “restart” within new norms and paradigms emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over two days, this live online learning program will equip participants from all over the world with proven creative tools and fresh perspectives to tackle design challenges of all kinds, whether brought about by the pandemic or not. The program teaches the basics of futures thinking, speculative design and narrative theory, as participants work together to synthesize cross-industry insights and reveal opportunities that might have otherwise remained hidden in plain sight.
At the Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL), we create story-driven methodologies to shape culture-shifting narratives. RE:START harnesses the potential of this approach to create new worlds in which we can imagine our way into developing real life solutions to present challenges. Rather than a conventional lecture-driven format, the program offers an interactive learning experience that has created tangible results for individuals, teams, and organizations for over a decade. By the end of the program you will:
- Understand and be able to apply the basics of futures thinking
- Learn how to use tools like: back casting and strategic foresight
- Learn about human centered design (design thinking) and understand its basic principles
- Apply design thinking principles to speculative future scenarios
- Use storytelling and narrative as tools to support business planning, and strategic act
The arts and humanities are uniquely well-suited to explore uncharted territories, such as our current reality. An approach merging of business, design and the arts teaches participants to look beyond the crisis, offering a structured approach for reimagining their organizations to address what’s coming next.
DAY 1 RE:DEFINING SOCIETY
The first day of the program explores present day societal challenges,and trends of disruptive change in relation to the social shifts underlying them. You will learn how to map and make sense of these changes by using the cone of possibility model, deductive and abductive reasoning, and scenario building to map what might be possible.
DAY 2: RE:STARTING BUSINESS
The second day of the program focuses on the role of organizations and business in the near future. As the world changes rapidly around us, what changes are here to stay and which will return to a prior equilibrium? You will learn how to: dissect the future scenarios created during day one; make sense of what you have discovered; and design for change.
CONE OF POSSIBILITY
The ‘cone of possibility’ comes from Hermann Minkowski’s work in the early 20th century and is one of the core ideas we will put to work in this course. Minkowski was a German mathematician who theorized the addition of time to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, positing four-dimensional “space-time”, now known as “Minkowski spacetime”. Minkowski spacetime illustrates that since a particle cannot move faster than the speed of light and cannot go back in time, all future positions that particle can take are found within a cone shaped space – the cone of possibility.
November 18 & 19, 2020
$ 895,- per participant