ProtoPolicy

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

#ProtoPolicy

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

ProtoPolicy Design Fictions presented at Westminster

ProtoPolicy Design Fictions presented at Westminster

The event marked the lunch of the ProtoPolicy Design Fictions

In a launch event held on Monday the 7th of July at the Palace of Westminster, the AHRC-funded Protopolicy project, presented the Design Fictions that emerged through the co-design workshops at Lancaster and Falmouth. The...Read full update

Speculative Design and Policymaking Panel Discussion

Speculative Design and Policymaking Panel Discussion

This event will bring together some current and recent examples of speculative design used as a tool by policymakers and researchers in Whitehall.

Monday 6th July, 6:00 - 7:30pm  Jubilee RoomHouse of CommonsPalace of Westminster ...Read full update

Designing the future with older people

Designing the future with older people

ProtoPolicy co-design workshops at Miners Court

Following our first co-design workshop at Lancaster, our second series of co-design workshops will take place with residents at Miners Court in Cornwall. These we will explore ideas together using arts materials and crafts techniques and...Read full update

Interesting design micro-fictions emerge from our 1st co-design workshop..

Interesting design micro-fictions emerge from our 1st co-design workshop..

...with a group of older people and Age UK Lancashire

A number of older people and staff from Age UK Lancashire participated in the half-day co-design workshop run at Lancaster. Working in groups, workshop participants looked at policy document extracts on the themes of ageing, ageing in place...Read full update

First ProtoPolicy co-design workshop with Age UK and local community

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First ProtoPolicy co-design workshop with Age UK and local community

16th of June 2015, Centre @ Halton

Taking place early next week

A half-day co-design workshop will take place early next week in partnership with Age UK Lancashire and a group of 12 people from the local community.  The aim of the workshop will be to use policy exerts...Read full update