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Wednesday, May 20 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
"Distopia" Creativity Design Game

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This card game is a social dreaming workshop for 6-18 players. The session uses story in a way that you probably haven’t experienced before. Think solution design workshop meets sci-fi story. You play in 3 groups - Storytellers, Designers and The Future. Your challenge is to turn a dystopia into a utopia by inventing a sci-fi system. It's a collaborative session that asks you to drop your sense of reality in favour of some mad speculative future design. Expect dreaming, absurdity, laughter, hugging, high fives and intense productivity.

This is how it works 
First, you will decide on a design question. Then you invent and prototype an innovation to turn your vision into a reality. At the same time you’ll come up with a story of how your idea comes into the world. Playing cards guide you to write a narrative with obstacles and drama, a climax, and some cyber punk if you want. To win this game, everyone is required to co-operate, not compete. 

A bit of theory 
The narrative design of the workshop is modelled after Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Both the story’s protagonist and each participant are heroes and heroines. Their paths become entwined as they tell their story while working out a solution to their shared problem. At the same time the participants are guided through a typical design process. This involves user-centric methods, such as formulating a problem statement, investigating stakeholders and context, brainstorming and rapidly prototyping ideas. Following a narrative, the workshop game resembles a typical design process, which works because story and design draw on the same principles to create meaning. A story follows four steps: challenge, conquer, change and prevail. A design process follows four similar steps: analyze, ideate, develop, test. 


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Ele Jansen

Co-Creator, MediaTech Sprint
I’m a trying culture hacker, exploreress, younger sister, North European, ethnographer, sharer, midnight doodler, free dancer, and sound addict. I help putting humanity back into business by remixing storytelling, field trips, free play, live action role play, and peer technologies... Read More →
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Claire Marshall

Story & Game Designer, Learn Do Share
I am a creative who loves working across multiple platform including Television, Online and Print media, creating challenging content for a millennial audience. Recently I have co-created a creative collaboration game that combines design thinking with story-telling. I am a passionate... Read More →

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