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Lauren Withycombe Keeler

Lauren Withycombe Keeler is an Assistant Research Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. In her research and futures practice she works with governments, businesses and university leaders to help them think about the future and incorporate sustainability considerations into their long-term planning. She develops and implements a variety of futures methods including scenarios, and game-based, and experiential approaches like the Can We Make It? Should We Make It? show. Lauren’s iSearch profile can be found here.

Can We Make it? Should We Make It?

Do you have an invention that could make the world a better place?

Can We Make It? Should We Make it? is a live, public event for inventors to showcase their creations. Submit your invention to be part of the show! If you are selected, you will get to present your invention live, on stage, to our panel of experts and get their feedback on your invention. Not an inventor? Come be part of the audience and participate in the show with our emoji-voting system which lets you decide Can We Make it? Should We Make It? alongside our experts!
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KickSTARter videos exploring ethics and the social construction of invention in the Star Trek Universe by Lea Cruz, Brooke Nelson, John Rudebeck, Daniel Santos, Ben Showard-Guerrero and Alyssa Henning.

Parlor of Futures

What happens when we combine ancient divination techniques with contemporary scenario planning and forecasting methods? Use our specially designed card decks inspired by the 17th century Tarot of Marseille, American cultural mythos, and our School for the Future of Innovation in Society interests, and creatively engage with old and new ways of inventing and imagining futures. Discuss science, technology, and various public issues, hopes and dreams with our 21st century SFIS Tarot deck. Reimagine the future of the American Dream with American Dream Tarot cards and create new dreams to share with friends and strangers alike. Design the future of jobs oracle and speculative food scenarios in the workshops.  Prototype with microfluidics and various circuits to create your cards about the future following our documentation at futureparlor.tumblr.com