Regenerative Frameworks for Worldbuilding Design
This workshop will guide you through practical tools for establishing foundations for worldbuilding. Together, we’ll go through the process of idea generation, idea grounding, and we will provide resources to collaborate with others while looking at regenerative design principles. We’ll explore a world called “regen·era,” a fictional world created by the Design Science Studio, as a case-study and invitation to participate to weave an emergent collective vision for a regenerative future.
This hands on, learn by doing workshop — will give you the opportunity to experience creative interdependence while distilling the principles, artifacts and lenses for your worlds with the founders of the Design Science Studio: an educational incubator for art inspiring a future that works for 100% of life.
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Time: 11AM-2PM PT
Cost: $80 for Live workshop, $40 for Audit Access.
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PC/Mac laptop or desktop, preferably Chrome if not Firefox or other up-to-date web browser.
- Introductions & visioning exercises
- Case study overview: regen·era
- Overview of the building blocks of the world:
– Narrative development
– Futurecasting + Backcasting
– Applied approaches in regenerative design
- Design sprint to move ideas through aforementioned frameworks to establish building blocks of the world
- Overview of additional resources and considerations
- Share outs + collective insight sharing
Educational / Experiential Goals
By the end of this workshop you will have designed the foundations for your own world through regenerative frameworks.
This workshop aims to give participants resources to establish the foundational elements for building worlds while providing opportunities to model and practice thinking through and designing them. Facilitated with applied regenerative design principles, the exploration of the case study gives all participants an applied example to model their world builds off of.
We will be utilizing Miro, which is extremely user friendly so long as you feel comfortable with a track pad / mouse and have the ability manage your own navigation on a computer with decent wifi.
Regenerative Development and Design: The field of design that is systemic and deeply considerate in nature. Based on core principles inspired by nature, regenerative development and design aims to increase the vitality and viability of any system through multi-sector stakeholder engagement. Regenerative design is developmental and considers the nested wholes at every level to aid in lasting systemic change.
Ontological Design: Designing for states of being. Ontological design is a key design principle utilized in worldbuilding and experiential spaces — if harnessed, it provokes imagination, embodiment and deeper presence and experience in concepts harnessed by the world it is imbued by. In short, what we design designs us back.
Futurecasting is the process of making predictions of the future based on past and present data and most commonly by analysis of trends.
Backcasting is a planning method that starts with defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies and programs that will connect that specified future to the present.
Roxi Shohadaee is the Creative Producer at Gray Area, producing the Decentralized Web Curriculum for Creators, the Criptech Metaverse Lab VR prototypes and other special projects. Roxi has been collaborating and partnering with Gray Area since 2012, including Urban Prototyping Festival, End of You and the Gray Area Festival. She also the Executive Director, Co-Founder and ARTchitect of the Design Science Studio, an educational incubator for artists founded to the build capacity of the creative community to propel the design science (r)Evolution and the Regenaissance. She is also the Founder + CEO of habRitual: an experiential production, interdisciplinary design and immersive art studio creating for 100% of life. Learn more about her past initiatives here. Roxi is a regenerative artivist, protopian futurist, ontological designer, experiential producer, transdisciplinary social sculptor and creative doula. She is a student of living systems, regenerative design and decolonial sustainability. She has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of art, science, experience and technology. Her mission is to harness this intersectional approach to catalyze social and systemic change through inclusive, transdisciplinary collaborations for the regeneration of our planet and culture. Her path is grounded in a commitment to creating inspiring and embodied ways of learning together. As behavior is a function of culture - she supports and develops creative cultural interventions and co-learning evolutionary containers. Her thesis is rooted in a belief that as we perpetuate equitable and just cultures, societal behaviors participating in life affirming ways of being will emerge in that process. As we are facing a crisis of imagination, Roxi’s efforts encourage collective imagination beyond the limits of the plausible and probable into the possible in service to the potential of a world where all life thrives at the expense of none. She is a deep believer and practitioner in designing for states of being, having those states of being prime us for connection, reparations and regeneration with ourselves, each other and our beautiful living planet.