Listen

This article is part of a larger feature called “The Future of Crisis” in The Crisis Issue. Asimple question: What if nations and societies around the world face heightened risk today because people find it increasingly challenging to listen well? For skilled listeners in unfamiliar and potentially threatening environments, the first signs of warning and welcome…

Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio

MISC spoke with Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, about the possibilities for feminist data visualization; the power, pleasure, and limitations of visual data; data literacy; industries of accountability; and the future of inclusivity. Last year, you wrote an article called “What would feminist data visualization look like?”…

The Future of Financial Institutions Post Brexit

Regulatory changes are not normally the concern of a strategic foresight consultancy, but the possible departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is a once in a lifetime event. Brexit’s effect on global financial institutions is worth an examination to help inform strategic decisions that may need to be made about the future.…

Finding a New Purpose for Old Technology: A Conversation with Nick Gentry

Many of your materials are sourced by external contributors, including film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-rays, and floppy discs. Why did you choose to work with these items and how is this collaborative effort significant to your artwork? Art is becoming much more inclusive and collaborative. The renaissance days of having this separate, isolated object are…

Food & Drink: Ripe for a Rethink

It’s hard to imagine wholesale disruption of the food and beverage space, where innovation tends to be incremental. Our resident food anthropologist Dylan Gordon provides three prescriptions for change. Vitamins & Minerals Vitaminwater is so yesterday. With natural, unmanipulated foods being the champions of the day, “fortifying” water with synthetic chemicals is a turn-off. Meanwhile, bottled water brands are confronted…

Designers in the Hands of a Passionate Leader

Lee Fain, a senior design strategist at Idea Couture, shares his insights into the world of design management in the most recent issue of Design Management Review. In a piece called “Designers in the Hands of a Passionate Leader,” Lee offers tips of the trade for those who are new to the world of managing…

Your Breasts Are No Good Here

The Bible and Western Civilization. “Okay, that’ll do.” It was the summer of the last year of university and I needed one more course to graduate. I had taken, what I like to refer to as, a personal sabbatical halfway through my bachelor’s degree. I came back to school focused, passionate, and ready to work hard, but…

No Normal Future

We have simply got to give up on trying to “predict” The Future. No matter how many billions of dollars DARPA and its subsidiaries are able to acquire to try to do so; no matter how huge big data gets; no matter how many books are written about Superforecasting or the foresightfulness of crowds; the time…

Gauge: Artwork Under Extreme Conditions

As the ice walls in Baffin Island rise and fall with the tides, visual artists Patrick Thompson, Alexa Hatanaka, and Danny Osborne have a short window in which to paint on the icy surfaces; they must work in tandem with nature to complete their task, both in terms of their timing and the materials they use.…

Patient Centricity: A Manifesto

Currently, in healthcare, the term “patient centricity” is commanding significant thought and attention. While this, by and large, is a good thing, it is by no means uncomplicated or without nuance. Tracking the phrase means coming to terms with its complicated history and contested deployment. In one sense, patient centricity is nothing if not a…