Peter Lunenfeld’s Future Speak

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By Alissa Walker Comment

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We raved about him during the Schools of Thoughts conference back in March. We often peruse the Mediawork series of publications he edits for MIT. And we’re only slightly terrified to share the stage with him this Wednesday. Our friends in the Think Tank wrote to let us know that Peter Lunenfeld has written a full-length piece based on his thought-provoking presentation on futurism and design education. “Bespoke Futures” reminds us that designers are not only responsible for designing the future, but also overcoming a “vision deficit”:

In the 21st century, though, it’s not that we’re not thinking about the future, just that the future we’re thinking about is relentlessly grim. And if designers, who are trained to visualize, aren’t being trained to visualize a future they actually want to live in, why not?