The Future is Yours to Design
The Creative Science Foundation (CSf) is a charitable organization, dedicated to the exploration and promotion of creative methods for supporting science, engineering, business and sociopolitical innovation through various activities such as organising or sponsoring vacation-schools, workshops, seminars, conferences, journals, publications and projects.
The core methodology is the use of creative arts (eg writing, films etc) as a means to introduce innovations into science, engineering, business and sociopolitical systems. It differs to foresight activities as it doesn’t aim to be predictive (forecasting the future), rather in focuses on innovation (creating new concepts, schemes, services and products). The main (but not exclusive) methodology is the use of science-fiction / fantasy stories, grounded in existing practice which are written for the explicit purpose of acting as prototypes for people to explore a wide variety of futures. These ‘prototypes’ can be created by scientists, engineers, business or sociopolitical professionals to stretch their work or, for example, by writers, film/stage directors, school children and members of the public to influence the work of professionals. In this way these stories act as a way of involving the widest section of the population to help set the research agenda. and thereby empowering everyone to have a hand in shaping the future.
The Foundation’s work culminates in an annual International CSf Conference in which groups, such as scientists, engineers, researchers, business professionals, politicians, sociologists, writers, artists, and the general public come together and use science-fiction as a common language to explore the futures we want to build.
As you will see, if you look through our pages, we have many resources available on this website for those who care to learn more about the Foundation or the Science Fiction Prototyping process. Our web pages contain numerous online articles, books, videos and papers that we recommend for further information. We also organise vacation schools where you can meet other like-minded people and learn about science-fiction prototyping, entrepreneurship or making prototypes.
**Latest News** – A new book from Intel’s Futurist, Brian David Johnson, has been published; “The 21st Century Robot“. It describes an open source Maker initiative called Jimmy, and offers 3D printer design tools (to allow constructors to design and share skins), electronic schematics (to augment the hardware), open source software (to develop App-like functions) and rudimentary AI code (that acts as a starting point for exploring AI). In addition to practical making advice, the book contains four science-fiction stories to motivate your own design of a 21st Century Robot and introduce you to Intel’s renowned creative design tool; science-fiction prototyping (SFP). More information on the project, robots kit and this book are available from the 21st Century Robot web site..
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