Reframing service systems methods as project-portfolio conversations: Appreciating the shift from structured methods to agile systems development 0
Purpose and aims
- Forging and supporting an international community of future-minded practices aimed at stimulating actionable, impactful knowledge;
- Identifying and investigating academic and practitioner interests at the forefront of scenarios and design, and relating them to each other;
- Uncovering and pushing the boundaries of scenarios practices and theory, to clarify and extend their effectiveness through critical review and linking with other fields;
- Enabling networking and publishing (e.g. two books from first OFF in 2005; a set of sense-making scenarios and two published papers after OFF 2008, which saw another workshop based on the Oxford one organised by Arizona State University; so far one paper from OFF 2011)
- Leveraging the neutral, highly respected and international convening power of Oxford University.
Theme – scenarios and design
The theme of the fourth Oxford Futures Forum will explore the possible synergies and differences between work on design and the so-called ‘intuitive logics’ school in scenarios. See “Scoping the Dialogue Space” and OFF2014 supplementary information.
To clarify, in the basic “intuitive logics” method, say Wright, Bradfield, and Cairns (2013):
This model follows the approach developed over many decades by a number of writers … and organizations (e.g. Global Business Networks (GBN; SRI International). It relies upon the application of “intuitive logics” …, and is focused on the development of multiple scenarios that explore the “limits of possibility” for the future, rather than on the development of singular, “normative” scenarios of some ideal future.