Humanitarian Futures

How can design and cultural diversity decolonise humanitarian futures?

Humanitarian Futures explores how culturally diverse views of reality – based on local and historical values, rituals and visuals – can help influence a more nuanced vision of the future. How can we use design futures to help enhance this process? And how in turn can this drive a greater, more holistic and robust concept of development and progress, rather than just a linear and homogeneous extrapolation of it?

Focus of Humanitarian Futures

Aarathi Krishnan (humanitarian futures) and Jorge Camacho (design futures) present how these fields are coming together by merging design practices with established futures and foresight frameworks in a humanitarian context. They imagine and debate why, particularly in that context, these fields should become more culturally inclusive in order to challenge common narratives around what and how progress and development might look like.

• Would including these approaches in design and humanitarian futures contribute to greater inclusion?
• Is this important so that people with different cultural backgrounds feel seen and heard?
• What could be the philosophical implications for futures practice of explicitly integrating widely diverse values, rituals and understandings of time?
• In our changing complex world, could this help drive a more inclusive form of democracy?”

Presenters Aarathi Krishnan and Jorge Camacho

Aarathi Krishnan

How can design and cultural diversity decolonise humanitarian futures?
Aarathi Krishnan
Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

Aarathi Krishnan & Jorge Camacho: Humanitarian Futures – How can design and cultural diversity decolonize human futures?

Aarathi Krishnan specialises in humanitarian futures. She works in humanitarian futures and foresight for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and as a Futures Fellow with the Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network. She has a background in development program management and policy and has spent a lot of her early career working across Africa and Asia. Her work focuses on reimagining futures for the humanitarian system, and on specific global priorities. Her work covers training, research, horizon scanning and experiential futures. She has a specific interest in decolonised and feminist futures.

Contact: aarathi23@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarathikrishnan/

Jorge Camacho

How can design and cultural diversity decolonise humanitarian futures?
Jorge Camacho
Designer and Foresight Consultant

Aarathi Krishnan & Jorge Camacho: Humanitarian Futures – How can design and cultural diversity decolonize human futures?

Jorge Camacho is a strategic designer and foresight consultant. He holds an MA Cybernetic Culture and a PhD in Cultural Studies, both from the University of East London. Jorge has worked as creative and strategist at JWT, Flock and Google Mexico and most recently as Head of Strategy, Uncommon, where he developed strategic design and foresight projects for private and public organizations. He currently teaches systems thinking and foresight at CENTRO, MA Design Studies, and MA Strategic Design and Innovation, Ibero, Mexico City.

Contact: jcamacho@centro.edu.mx

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jorge-camacho-24858136/

Twitter: @j_camachor