Below are projects that I have been working on in my Master of Design Strategic Foresight & Innovation program at OCAD University in Toronto. If you are interested in knowing more, please feel free to email me at km[at]karen-maxwell.com.

 

FORESIGHT STUDIO

Project : The Future of Canadian Public Broadcasting

Every moment in time is the start of a possible future. Individuals and institutions, at some point will wonder what the future holds. What can we look forward to? What should we try to avoid? While it will never really be possible to “future-proof” our decisions or actions, the practice of foresight can help us understand the possible shape of our world to come. In our dossier you will experience our signal and trend scanning, possible future scenarios and implications to those scenarios about Canadian public broadcasting in 2031.

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Team: Karen Maxwell, Shannah Segal, Zahra Ebrahim, Jon Hoss

https://www.dropbox.com/s/olbydrds2b0mdpz/FUTURE-of-BROADCAST.pdf

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SPECIAL TOPICS IN STRATEGIC FORESIGHT & INNOVATION

Project : WANNAMAKACLANET

What will earth potentially be like in 2150? In our summer futures course we explored the future of humans and robots, terraforming, and planetary scale habitation. Warning: you may experience lost languages and meat-like products.

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Team: Karen Maxwell & Shannah Segal with James Breaux and Ricardo Vera

http://prezi.com/clez3glotru1/wanamakaclanetaugust/

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UNDERSTANDING SYSTEMS AND SYSTEMATIC DESIGN

Project : The System of Childbirth

There forms a group of 3 women, 2 are mothers with children and 1 pregnant and about to become a mother and you throw in the mix of birthing and the choices we make on how and where we will have our babies and there are some pretty feisty debates! This project uncovers many systems on the choices we Canadians can make on child birthing and compiles them into a very nice and easy to consume presentation of system maps.
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Team: Karen Maxwell, Meghan Savigny, Mary Myers

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k1ojwtxuvnfpd1n/System_of_Childbirthpdf.pdf

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Project : ik-12DisRuptU  Technology & Innovation in Education

Education in Ontario has not changed for many many years. There are disruptions occurring in the world that are creating tension in this landscape. This tension has needed to happen and because of the stagnation we are on the verge of an education reform. My team and I wrestled with the question “Given the TDSBs mandate of achieving equity, innovation, accountability and accessibility, to what extent might information and communications technology support new models of learning?”
gigamapTeam: Karen Maxwell, Shannah Segal, Melissa Buajitti, Carl Hastrich, Naseer Roopani

Gigamap
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ssjg0qmpv7w9otl/iK12disRupt_GIGA-FINAL-colourOUTLINE.pdf

Research Methodologies

Presentation
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ekwij4mo4z7bms/Research%20presentationFINAL.ppt

Research paper
https://www.dropbox.com/s/msfnb8xv2nmdmmy/iK-12DisRuptUResearchPlanv1.0%20reduced%20size.pdf

 

Project : Mobile Diaries

A mobile diary is a way of gathering specific user/participant information. It is typically used with a group of one to 10 identified individuals, capturing their reflections of their daily routines from their perspective ‘in situ’. Researchers would not be able to access this type of personal and private data through interviews or observations.

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Team: Karen Maxwell, Mary Myers

http://designresearchtechniques.com/casestudies/mobile-diaries/