During the Dutch Design Week 2022 I was invited to present my work at the DRIVE festival hosted by ClickNL. My talk was part of day 1 on Social Innovation. I shared insights about the first 3 years of my PhD and talked about storytelling and how we can use it as a powerful tool in multi-disciplinary design practice!
You can watch my talk here (from 33:00 onwards).
Renee Noortman's research at Eindhoven University of Technology focuses on societal challenges. In her approach she harnesses the power of using speculative stories as a data-enabled tool in multidisciplinary teams.
Those speculative stories thrive on imagination and aim to open up new perspectives. This method is used for so-called ‘wicked problems’ to create space for discussion and debate about alternative ways of being, to inspire the imagination of people and to encourage to let it flow freely. Design speculations can act as a catalyst for collectively redefining a relationship to reality.
Renee focuses on portraying the perspectives of different stakeholders equally in stories, especially when their desires for the future (may) cause conflict. As part of her PhD, she has specifically applied this approach within the medical domain, where she works together with designers, data scientists, clinical staff and patients on the design of the Outpatient Clinic of the Future.
Photos by Kas van Vliet