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UIF introduced to Responsible Futuring Silicon Valley Meetup

Faculty Innovation Fellows Miriam Iliohan (Founding Fellow and coach) and Julieta Matos Castaño (Faculty Innovation Fellow) packed their bags and travelled from Twente to California. Going back in time (9 hours!) to co-shape Responsible Futures. Is that even possible? Only when you join forces! And so they did, by attending and organising sessions during the Silicon Valley Meetup at Stanford d.school.

Worldwide impact

The Silicon Valley Meetup brought together University Innovation Fellows (students) and Faculty Innovation Fellows (faculty and staff members) for several days of immersive learning activities. Over 300 students and faculty representatives from over 57 institutions from countries all over the globe (Australia, Japan, Romania, Austria, The Netherlands, India, USA and more) attended! They engaged with leaders in academia and industry, and collaborated and shared knowledge with their peers. During the event, the Fellows participated in experiential workshops and exercises. 

The programme

As part of the programme, both University Innovation Fellows and Faculty Innovation Fellows were introduced to Responsible Futuring, the approach developed by DesignLab University of Twente. 

Responsible Futuring promotes creative collaboration and knowledge exchange among engineers, social scientists, businesses, policymakers, and citizens. We value the expertise and experiences of all stakeholders, but also encourage them to break disciplinary boundaries and become agents of societal change. While shaping desirable futures, Responsible Futuring prompts us to recognise our role, contemplate the short- and long-term effects of societal challenges, ideas, and technologies, and generate potential solutions using moral imagination.

Faculty Innovation Fellows

This programme was lead and organised by Miriam Iliohan. It started with IGNITE: a talk about Responsible Futuring and how transdisciplinary co-speculation can help us to harness the power of our collective imagination to address societal challenges. In the workshop Responsible Futuring, given by Julieta Matos-Castaño, the 63 faculty and staff members examined several social issues including access to education, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, ethical leadership, social responsibility, and mental health. They exchanged views and experiences regarding these issues, explored their root causes, and created ‘provotypes’ of potential futures to learn from and collaborate on.

The workshop led to fun and meaningful collages representing those futures in a metaphorical way, like the ‘Climate Crisis Escape Room’ or the ‘Sustaina-bear’!

University Innovation Fellows

In the workshop on Responsible Futuring, 35 students, staff and faculty members explored challenges around waste and pollution, ethics and technology, community engagement and access to health. They reflected on their values by choosing a storytelling archetype that they felt would be effective in addressing a societal challenge. They co-created desirable futures, represented in collages like ‘Medical Horizons’, 'Love Lane'  or ‘The Garden of Being Together’.

Next level campus

Together with the team of coaches of the Faculty Innovation Fellows programme, Miriam Iliohan organised two sessions to explore how to better connect faculty, staff and students in innovation on campus: How to overcome challenges? Students took over the lead in the second session, which enabled them to become opinion leaders and make staff members the listeners.

UIF Twente was here

The group of UIF Twente students loved their time in Stanford and learnt a lot. All were able to select from a choice of workshops which ones they would be most beneficial for them to participate in- the options ranged from various design workshops, developing career skills, working on leadership programs, entrepreneurship, innovation or connecting on personal qualities or building connections to other uif or faculty members.

Every afternoon the students would be given “Ignites”, which were inspirational talks given by the volunteer helpers. These were incredibly powerful and left each UIF member feeling even more motivated to make a positive change for their future.On the final day was the keynote speaker, Google's First Chief Innovation Evangelist Dr. Frederik G. Pferdt who inspired to take action to create OUR future, rather than sitting and waiting for what might come.

Overall the meetup was a wonderful opportunity to connect with like minded people, who all feel passionate to change the world for the better through compassion and innovative design. It was a life changing experience for all Twente Fellows who hope to bring the new gained skills and inspiration back to the campus at Twente, and make changes iin their own eco system one step at a time!

DesignLabs Julieta appointed as Faculty Innovation Fellow

Julieta Matos Castaño has been named a Faculty Innovation Fellow after completing two years of work in a community of practice with other faculty and administrators from around the world. In the Faculty Innovation Fellows programme, educators work to design unique projects that enhance the innovation ecosystems at their schools and help students gain vital real-world skills and mindsets.

Penny for your thoughts

Have you heard the news? Next year's Meetup will take place in the Netherlands, at DesignLab University of Twente! This year, participants were asked to write down their UIF superpower and which societal challenge they are most passionate about. Useful input for next year! Are you a member of the University Innovation Fellows? It is still possible to apply. Do not wait too long: you can apply until 30 April 2023.

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