Future Local is a collective of creative systems thinkers who experiment with digital media, technology, and community design. From our ten years of collaborations, informal shared learning, and imagination-driven friendships, we will present recent work in applying community systems principles to the world of XR, AR, and digital interactions.
Using Liberating Structures frameworks, this interactive virtual workshop integrates contextual insights from our work to generate an intergenerational dialogue about the role we play in bringing spaces to life. Drawing from third space theory (Soja, 1996), participants will explore the evolution of shared, public, and hybrid spaces (as opposed to first spaces, which are private or personal, and second spaces, which are institutional). The presentation will include recent work with Newkinco, a global consultancy which helps organisations transition to human-centred internet platforms through community-centred strategies, as well as Trust Up, a group of local organisations that came together to support Kingston, NY, residents with hopes of uniting local currency, time banking, mutual aid, and other methods of exchange. Participants will gain firsthand insight into the challenges practitioners face in merging design, strategy, and social impact ethics into this type of work.
Workshop participants will reflect on what connection means in today’s world, where subcultures, etiquettes, and media influence how we communicate and interact with interfaces, environments, and each other. The intended outcome of this workshop is to share firsthand observations and anecdotes in a way that helps align the conversation around common pain points related to digital communication and tap into the diversity of the audience to explore how multi-perspective thinking can help design more inclusive experiences. The goal is to learn how human creativity makes space for active listening, deeper reflections, and empathy. The workshop is for facilitators, designers, technologists, and people interested in the art of gathering.
KEYWORDS: Third spaces, experience design, XR, service & hospitality