Making Futures Journal
Understanding what it Means to Design for Emergent Futures
The Opportunity of Convergence
Changing the production model requires understanding that a transition to a regenerative, equitable, and universal socio-economic model is necessary, which allows incorporating cultural diversity, world views, ancestral knowledge, and an economy of care between people, and with living systems that make life possible. Design can enable this process through the creation of new learning spaces between culture, technology, nature, people, time, and purpose. These learning spaces need to incorporate knowledge, but keep dogmas away, as well as patterns of behavior or practice that contribute to the systemic problems embedded in the way we relate to resources and people, as well as how we consume and produce today. Such learning spaces through design, can help us to understand how cities and their bioregions can develop ecosystems for local production in the form of new relations and infrastructure to support them, and to enable local material flows which can be reinserted into the manufacturing capacity of the city (Thackara 2019) (Diez 2012). It is needed to create new spaces to nurture learning processes in the real world, in which designers teach, learn, practice, research, and transform any given realities, with access to tools for understanding the complexity in which the new design “practice” is already operating (Fry 2019).