A research platform for critical imagination and societal engagement
If we can’t collaboratively imagine what a better world will look like, we will never get there.
Collaborative Future Making is a research platform at Malmö University, Sweden, where scholars from the humanities, design and social sciences explore how to envision inclusive and sustainable ways of living and thriving together.
Research goals and methods
The Collaborative Future-Making platform brings together researchers in the humanities, design and social sciences. The aim is to envision, elaborate and prototype multiple, inclusive, and sustainable futures, as well as to develop forms and methods for how these alternative futures can be discussed and debated.
This will be achieved through explorations of how critical imagination and more inclusive forms of collaboration can widen the repertoire of perspectives of what can constitute socially, culturally, ecologically and economically sustainable ways of living and thriving together.
Collaborative future making is also a way of critically re-thinking and better understanding the present and the past. It enables us to see the present and history as contingent – as the product of how we live rather than something given or the outcome of an inevitable trajectory.
Research methodologies and approaches include co-design, art, action research, hermeneutics, historicization, discourse analysis, science and technology studies, phenomenology, postcolonial studies, posthumanism, feminism and performativity. Focus areas include Critical imagination, Anthropocene storytelling, Heterodox economies, Collaborative resilience, and Societal engagement.
News and updates
- 23 October 2018 | The Collaborative Future Making network has been granted status as a so-called research platform at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University. See “Två nya forskningsplattformar at KS.”
- 2 July 2018 | Malmö University is one of six educational institutions working on a new project to encourage political engagement among European citizens. Read the article The European Commission invites Malmö University to design for democracy and see the design concepts including ‘Machine learning used to bring voices from nature into participatory decision making.’
The Collaborative Future Making research platform is organized in collaboration with Medea, a research lab for collaborative media, design and public engagement.
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