Future public policy and its knowledge base: shaping worldviews through counterfactual world-making

Hillgren, Per-Anders, Light, Ann and Strange, Michael (2020) Future public policy and its knowledge base: shaping worldviews through counterfactual world-making. Policy Design and Practice. pp. 1-14. ISSN 2574-1292

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Abstract

Research in diverse areas such as climate change, happiness and wellbeing emphasizes the need for transformative change, stressing the importance of rethinking established values, goals and paradigms prevailing among civil servants, policy- and decision makers. In this paper, we discuss a role that design can play in this, especially how processes of counterfactual world-making can help facilitate reflection on worldviews and the shape of future forms of governance. By exploring different presents, rather than conditions in the future, this approach allows civil servants to consider, create and resist playful alternatives to business-as-usual. In this way, we demonstrate how design can stimulate imagination both as to futures and people’s role in shaping these futures.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Counterfactual, World-Making, Worldviews, Co-Design, Design Fiction, Governance, Democracy
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Depositing User: Ann Light
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 09:32
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 08:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90555

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