Portfolio of Ideas
Explorations in the future of Happiness
What’s the portfolio of ideas?
The Lab — in collaboration with over 120 designers, associates and postgraduates— produced 92 scenarios, 56 service visions, 14 tested value propositions and launched 4 minimum viable services, leading to the creation and support of 2 new ventures to further develop and commercialise service offerings in partnership with RCA and Koa Health.
In the Ideas portfolio, you will find a catalogue of the full range of ideas that we have produced during the xploratory happiness project with Koa Health.
The portfolio also houses tangible artefacts, which we refer to as service visions. Alongside each idea, we describe some of the discussions and thinking that have stemmed from it.
Societal Dimensions of change.
These categories represent the lab’s interpretation of different aspects of happiness within people’s lives. They ensure that the lab explores scenarios, topics and the future needs of the people that they envisage.
These scenarios are composed of a future context that is based on the trend analysis and a concept of a future person who might have an extreme experience of a certain dimension of happiness.
People may expand their freedoms to live how they like and subsequently have the types of relationships they like in a more transient but online world. New arrangements of relationship may be initiated, supported, or managed by AI and usher in even more radical concepts of relationships.
People have augmented capabilities that boost their productivity and skills and can become working machines that produce non-stop. For them the line of separation between work and home may fade and financial success could simply allow the purchase of more skills in order to earn more money in a dangerous cycle.
Automation and climate change will cause huge turmoil in economies, people may be working online, based on their chosen field or “gig”, and move in search of better economic environments. Reputation will become ever more vital as people have to quickly and consistently re-establish themselves and we will see more online platforms supporting offline gig workers’ skills.
The increased demand for workforces with flexible capacities alter the role of education as work and skills based training become intertwined. At the same time, geographic flexibility allows people to work remotely and we may see shifts in the relationship between people’s work-life, home-life and travel.
Structured Social Judgement
Constant social media judgement could lead to extended states of anxiety potentially making people attempt to perfect their outward appearance. Data could be collected against people’s will and without their knowledge and lead to further control over people’s behaviour.
Religious structures could feel unstable in their ethical foundations as they shift in reaction to threats from the World. It may be difficult to find a community to put your faith into because it could become difficult to distinguish between religious practice and an organisational/commercial service.
Kinderpendent helps you understand how balanced your child’s online exposure is to challenging social topics and perspectives and manages that exposure through intelligent balancing and censorship tools and offers advice and support for parents and children while navigating big topics.
These services are real emergent services responsive to the future.