2-day masterclass

Responsible Futuring masterclass: relational ai | 21 & 22 November 2024

Radical, Justice and More-than-Human Approaches to Co-Shape AI Futures

Learn in 2 days how to navigate, connect and innovate towards responsible AI futures.

We explore how to embrace relational, justice-oriented and more than human perspectives on the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. How to acknowledge and challenge existing power dynamics, to prioritize equity and fairness in the development of AI systems? How to co-shape ethical AI futures that acknowledge diverse values and perspectives? Through the framework of Responsible Futuring, we explore AI's potential impacts on society, identifying concrete strategies that help us co-shape intentional and responsible AI futures.

We will use critical and experiental methods to nurture sense making and engage in

  1. productive contestation of elaborate datasets and models
  2. algorithmic decisions made by AI systems, and
  3. relations between humans and AI agents.

Here's what you will learn:

The 2-day Responsible Futuring Masterclass by DesignLab Academy is a collaborative learning experience that transforms you into a responsible innovator. 

The Masterclass sheds light on scientific and technological developments in relation to societal challenges. Collaboration between the academic world, business, government and citizens is essential to create desirable and sustainable futures. We combine practical and creative exercises with reflective activities to provide a complete and in-depth learning experience. After this Masterclass you can call yourself a Responsible Futurist and apply the approach within your own organisation.

For whom?

To create a truly transdisciplinary learning experience for each edition, we encourage diverse groups to participate. During this Masterclass you will work together with people from diverse backgrounds, for example: professionals from businesses and government organisations, entrepreneurs, students, citizens, artists, innovators, change makers, policymakers, futurists and leaders.

Participants in this Masterclass want to:


Day 1 | 09:30-20:00

  • Onboarding

    Reflect on personal learning goals and get acquainted with the content of the masterclass, teachers and other participants.

  • Phase 1: Connect & Relate

    Learn to gain insight into your own perspective regarding the theme and social challenge. Learn about the importance of developing empathy for other perspectives. Get acquainted with creative techniques for collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds, world views and perspectives.

  • Lunch and inspiration tour around DesignLab

    As an ecosystem for transdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to collectively shape the future in which we want to live.

  • Phase 2: Understand & Frame

    Learn how to structure and position different perspectives in relation to a societal challenge. Learn how to identify potential tensions and opportunities, and use them to sketch out frameworks for possible future scenarios.

  • Reflection & Learning

    Reflect on day 1. Share and discuss insights and potential applications to your own work practice.

  • Informal Dinner

Day 2 | 09:00-17:00

  • Warming up and recap of day 1

    Reflect on learning objectives and set goals for day 2.

  • Phase 3: Imagine & Ideate

    Get acquainted with various design methods and gain practical experience with design techniques to make possible futures tangible and vivid. Experience the impact of prototyping techniques and make the ethical and societal implications of your ideas concrete.

  • Lunch & Inspiration
  • Phase 4 | Reflect & Reframe

    Learn from the future to make informed decisions today. Learn techniques to critically and reflectively contemplate the future from the perspective of various stakeholders. Get acquainted with backcasting techniques and how to translate this into innovation roadmaps and strategies that guide towards desired futures.

  • Reflect & learn

    Reflect on the Masterclass. Share and discuss insights and potential applications in your own work practice.

  • Community building

    How do we continue learning from each other and inspiring one another?

Speakers and teachers

  • dr.ir. C. Zaga (Cristina)

    Cristina Zaga is assistant professor at the Human-Centered Design Group at University of Twente. As an advocate for inclusivity, she dedicates her work to transdisciplinarity and relational design methods for just futures of work and care with AI technology. She founded the Responsible Futuring Approach and uses it to tackle societal challenges through technology, challenging the status-quo. Cristina has been involved in various initiatives, such as the Google WomenTechmakers and she has won the NWO Science Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award for her work on DEI4EAI in 2022. The prize fund is dedicated to setting up a Social Justice in AI network, Dutch network of academics, students, and activists committed to mitigating and overcoming the dehumanizing and oppressive effects of AI and embodied AI technology and fostering social and environmental justice. Her research is committed to developing methods, tools, and technology that support societal transitions towards futures of justice, care, and solidarity between communities, nature, and artificial agents. 

  • dr.ir. J. Matos Castaño (Julieta)

    Julieta Matos Castaño is a futures researcher and project lead at DesignLab University of Twente. Her expertise lies in developing and experimenting with creative methods to tackle societal challenges and work towards responsible innovation. Being an airport planner and having worked as a change management consultant, Julieta has a transdisciplinary profile that allows her to put her research efforts into practice. She uses her more than 14 years of research and industry experience to collaborate with public institutions, businesses and citizens to co-shape desirable futures. The work of Julieta and her colleagues has been featured at the Dutch Design Week in the last years. She is a Faculty Innovation Fellow at Stanford’s d.school and co-founder of the Speculative Futures Chapter in The Hague (The Netherlands).

  • M. Iliohan (Miriam)

    Miriam Iliohan will be moderating this masterclass.
    Miriam is co-founder and manager at DesignLab University of Twente. Her broad (international) network, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm in setting-up experimental ecosystems has brought Miriam many other roles. Within the University of Twente she is part of the advisory committee for student teams, member of the steering committee for the (social) Entrepreneurial challenge, speaker and moderator at high-level international events/converstations. In addition, she is Founding Fellow & Coach for the Faculty Innovation Fellows at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design at Stanford University and Mentor for the University Innovation Fellows program.

    Sharing her experiences, she gives her network the opportunity to gain insights into investigating new ways of working, collaborating, teaching, learning and conducting research. In addition by using challenges from partners, she brings viewpoints from (international) scientists, entrepreneurs, students, citizens and government officials together to co-create the futures we want to live in.

Practical information

  • When: 21 and 22 November 2024
  • Duration: Day 1 between 09.30 – 20.00, dinner included. Day 2 between 09.00-17.00
  • Location: DesignLab University of Twente
  • Pricing:  €1850, excluding TAX, including materials, lunch, coffee & tea and dinner on day 1.
  • Discount: €100 for UT alumni, €200 if you're a student or an individual that is not linked to a company.
  • Group size: 8-20 participants. 
  • Language: Instructions are mainly in English, discussions and conversations can be Dutch
  • Certification: Upon completion you will receive a certificate of participation.
  • Want to stay overnight in Enschede? We're happy to share our tips.

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Discover how to look at social issues differently, enrich your perspective, and learn to think and act as a speculative designer to develop inspiring alternative futures. Want to delve deeper into the theory of Responsible Futuring, better map stakeholder perspectives, and apply futures research strategically in your own work?

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