Leah Zaidi is an award-winning futurist and the founder of Multiverse Design, a foresight consultancy. She specializes in strategic foresight, systems thinking, and science fiction. Leah is also an Associate Editor of the World Futures Review and is an International Advisor to Sitra Fund, the Finnish parliament's endowment for the future. Recently, she created 'Decode the Future', a foresight game distributed by the Future Today Institute.
Join a conversation with leading futurists from around the world to explore the promise and perils of using games to explore, imagine, and create futures. This session will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development of popular gaming platforms and tools. Panelists for this session include: Stuart Candy, Jennifer Chan, Shermon Cruz, and Lead Zaidi with Tanja Schindler and John Sweeney as Co-Moderators. Game on!
Covid-19 is an unevenly distributed dystopia. As our global systems break down amidst the crisis, it is important to acknowledge how we got here. Too often, we dismiss negative images of the future in favour of brighter ones that paint a more desirable or convenient picture. While it is tempting to forgo dark futures for the sake of realizing bright ones, dystopias play an important role in society. This presentation will demonstrate why Covid-19 is a dystopia, the value of designing with dystopias, and how we can use dystopias to build a better future for all.