Set-up encounters

I will visit the 100 inspirators around the world and sketch with them possible futures, using a mobile Embodied Encounter Studio. This EE studio facilitates the social coordination process between me and the inspirator and supports us to inspire each other, explore common ground and sketch possible futures.

The EE studio uses a stage (a standing stable) and offers a variety of tools to boost the Sensemaking process: a so-called Embodied Ideating Toolset (EIT), a set of tangible interactive objects that can be used to explore scenarios (e.g. by acting them out); a Composing Interactivity toolset to explore interaction scenarios, and the studio includes a variety of RFID cards, sketching materials, and iPad and iPod to obtain movies, music, websites and other digital content. Moreover, we developed a database to store digital content related to the encounters. This way the participants can bring along digital information to the encounter (e.g. movies and photos of designs) and collected material during the encounter can be stored as well (e.g. websites or photos/videos made during the encounter). Next, the D&S studio makes use of small RFID stickers to easily retrieve digital content via physical scaffolds. The stickers can be attached to any object (cards, prototypes, materials, papers etc), thus retracing digital material easily when needed, by scanning the scaffold. Moreover, we make use of a small handheld printer, so we can print small photos (2×3 inch) of the collected material during the encounter and connect it to any digital material through a RFID sticker if preferred.

The EE studio went through various design stages and the final version was built with help of Chet Bangaru, Jaime van Hummel, Harm van Hoek, Jasper Sterk and Brandon Yeup Hur, Tim Scholten, Bart Jakobs and LessorMore. After trying out the first prototypes (pictures top on the right), the design moved towards a curved-shaped standing table with tools and multimedia equipment.

Encounter with Eric Paulos After trying out the first prototypes (top left), the design moved towards a curved-shaped desktop (top right) and a standing table with with a top of veneer (bottom left). We are currently building the final table with storage in the top (inspired by Naoki Hirakoso’s storage table,

D&S studio side overview   D&S studio with IiS set in action

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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