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Stuart Candy: Futures, Fictions, Wildcards and Artifacts

Friday, February 27, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sullivan Center,
36 S. Wabash Ave., room 1226
Chicago, IL
United States

Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is a producer, strategist, and educator. He is the Director of the Situation Lab, foresight & design professor at OCAD University, and Fellow of The Long Now Foundation. His blog investigates the intersection of forward thinking, media, activism, and design. He is best known for his influential work in experiential futures and design fiction, evoking worlds to come via tangible artifacts and immersive encounters. In the past decade, Stuart has worked around the world with governments at all levels, the Sydney Opera House, IDEO, Wired magazine, Institute for the Future, and General Electric. He has lectured at New York University, UC Berkeley, and the Royal College of Art. He ran workshops at Yale, Singularity University, and presented a talk at the TED Conference. He has recently facilitated foresight processes for groups including the Singaporean government, the leadership of Oxford University, and Burning Man Australia.

In particular he has recently created a carddeck game called "The Thing From The Future" that challenges players to collaboratively and competitively describe objects from a range of alternative futures. He is also an associate collaborator for The Extrapolation Factory—a consultancy that focus on developing future scenarios, embodied as artifacts in familiar, and present-day contexts.