ProtoPolicy

ProtoPolicy
Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways

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Proto-policy is a three month pilot project running from June to August 2015, which aims to investigate how 'design fictions' -provocative visual texts (artefacts, images, films) that materialise scenarios about, or provide clues to, future ways of living-can be used to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.

Proto-policy is part of the Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded project ProtoPublics, which aims to support researchers and community partners to become active participants in 'crafting new services, experiences, projects and policies that address contemporary issues'. For the purposes of this pilot, Proto-policy will focus on issues of ageing in place (people remaining in their homes rather than move to institutional facilities) and isolation.

Imagining alternative ways of living in old age has become a cultural preoccupation, hence the extraordinary popular success of the 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', yet talking to older people about the future (particularly the 'older old', those aged 80+) is virtually taboo. This project uses design fictions to address that taboo by inviting older people to imagine and, with the assistance of a designer, create visual texts (artefacts, images, films) that materialise scenarios, or provide clues to, future ways of living in compelling ways.

Proto-policy will run a series of creative workshops with older people communities to respond to the 'Ageing in Place' policy agenda by co-creating future design fictions that envisage what a future of 'flexible living' - a third space that has the benefits of independent living without the downsides of loneliness, fear and vulnerability - might look like. These would be shared with politicians in a 'design fiction provocation' event to be held in Westminster in order to help negotiate political questions.

Through its project partners, the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) and Age UK, this project seeks to build a shared understanding of the constraints and opportunities of political issues around Ageing in Place and loneliness through design fictions. The APDIG is a cross-party coalition of parliamentarians and design sector organisations that works to develop new design policy ideas and critique existing government decision-making around design. 

Project Team

TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design
Jocelyn Bailey Jocelyn Bailey Research Professional in Design Policy - Brighton University
Fiona Hackney Fiona Hackney Associate Professor Design Cultures & Community Engagement at Falmouth University
Bastien Kerspern Bastien Kerspern Designer and Co-founder of Design Friction
Naomi Turner Naomi Turner Head of Group of Manufacturing, Design and Innovation at APDIG
Anna Whicher Anna Whicher PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University

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Updates

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

A paper on "design fictions: a tool for debating societal, legal and ethical aspects of personal and pervasive health systems presented at the EAI International Conference on Personal, Pervasive and mobile Health (PPmH) received a lot of attention and generated discussion on its potential as...Read full update

ProtoPolicy Design Report

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ProtoPolicy Design Report

ProtoPolicy is a three month pilot project that ran from June to August 2015, which aimed to investigate how ‘design fictions’ – provocations such as texts, artefacts, images and films that conceptualise future scenarios – could be used to help politicians and community groups imagine the future...More information

ProtoPolicy Video Journey

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ProtoPolicy Video Journey

This video provides a video journey of the ProtoPolicy project. It shows the path the research team followed, which included a number of co-design workshops with older people imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways. This lead to the co-creation of two design fiction...More information

Guardian article about the value of design fiction in creating debate by asking what if...

Guardian article about the value of design fiction in creating debate by asking what if...

...receives a lot of attention and comments from readers

The article presents how sci-fi films have influenced the development of several modern day technologies and how the value of science-fiction has been also recognised in the rise of a new method for designing technology, called ‘design...Read full update

Euthanasia Wearable Design Fiction

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Euthanasia Wearable Design Fiction

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Smart Object Therapist Design Fiction

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Smart Object Therapist Design Fiction

Following the co-design workshops at Lancaster and Falmouth two design fictions have been developed. The Smart Home Therapist Design Fiction is an indirect response of our older people co-designer group to the government nascent policies of integrated care and ageing in place included in the...More information