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Building Brave New Worlds: Science Fiction and Transition Design

Zaidi, Leah (2017) Building Brave New Worlds: Science Fiction and Transition Design. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Zaidi, Leah
Abstract:

The worldbuilding practices of science fiction authors have the potential to play a key role in society, given that they involve the design and depiction of complex, alternative realities set in the future. This potential is acknowledged by Transition Design — an emerging area of practice that melds futures-based narratives, foresight, and systems-thinking, amongst other disciplines. Transition Design goes beyond social innovation to envision radically new images of the future, and pathways towards more sustainable systemic states. To facilitate the design of and transition towards sustainable futures, this Major Research Paper introduces the Seven Foundations of Worldbuilding: a model that integrates a new superstructure of complex systems with backcasting methodology.

Date: 15 December 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science Fiction, Transition Design, Preferred Futures, Foresight, Futures Studies, Backcasting, Worldbuilding, Futures-Based Narratives, Systemic Design, Wicked Problems, Generic Images, Panarchy, Living Systems, Superstructure, Mental Model
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 19:12
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 20:08
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2123

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