Fabulation for Design Futuring


Building from an earlier collaboration around biodata futures, this collaboration develops fabulation as a part of design practice for developing just and equitable futures, both generally as well as part of a funded collaboration network (Nordic Fabulation Network).

A description of the network:

The notion of caring for own citizens is at the basis of the Nordic welfare state. However, shifting power relations, new forms of public private partnerships, rapid emergence of technologies, and novel forms of service provision are transforming how states, communities and caregivers plan and improve living conditions of the population. These challenges thus require new forms of participation to ensure that emerging technologies are designed and adopted to support citizens in an equitable way.

This network intends to explore how collaborative design via Fabulation (Haraway, 2013) can be used to imagine and extend care practices in the Nordic context, encouraging broader forms of participation in society, building stronger connections among citizens, and ultimately fostering more resilient futures. Fabulation is part of a new approach using storytelling in design futuring, borrowed from Science and Technology Studies and feminist technoscience, oriented towards alternative forms of critical and radical world-making. However, the use of fabulation in design futuring, while having enormous potential in being able to bridge the aforementioned challenges of participation, is currently tentative and understudied. How should or could fabulation be deployed within collaborative design in the context of emerging technologies to imagine new forms of caring?

With Laurens Boer, Nadia Campo-Woytuk, Karey Helms, Noura Howell, Pedro Sanches, Marie-Louise Juul Søndergaard, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Jason Tucker