EDUCATION

Nefula Education Program.

Nefula works to enable the imagination, exploration, performance, and discussion about possible futures.

Today it is important to develop different methodologies and life-skills to deal with exponential change, to work and build relationships in contexts of rapid innovation and hyperconnection.
Nefula offers an education program to learn how take part in the construction of the future in inclusive ways, building relational networks around shared desires, expectations, visions, and imagination.

According to the statement “knowledge is a commons” Nefula shares Near Future Design skills and know-how through its educational program.
The different educational services are designed to reach different audiences, from professionals to students. At the same time, talks, workshops, and courses are structured to meet the needs of different actors, as institutions, schools, organizations, companies, and big or small communities.

WORKSHOPS

Spanning from a 4 hour crash course to a 1 week intensive formula, every Nefula workshop is a unique, hands-on, theme-based, immersive experience.

The workshops are structured to facilitate each participant to enter the Near Future Design mindset and to learn new tools for creating and communicating their vision about the future in the contemporary era.

Explore the workshop modules

NEAR FUTURE BIT »

Near Future Bit is the most immediate entry point to Near Future Design. Within a day, the methodology is fully illustrated focusing on research, observation and imaginary.

Takeaways

How to:

  • do a thematic research on the present

  • recognize and document a Curious Ritual

  • explore possible futures

  • describe a future through a scenario

Outputs

  • research on the preset topic

  • documentation of the Curious Rituals within Curiouspedia

  • visualization and description of the possible futures scenarios

  • Future Map

Duration

4 – 8 hours

NEAR FUTURE CAPSULE »

Near Future Capsule takes place in two days within which it is possible to explore the main aspects of the Near Future Design methodology. Activities are design-oriented, focusing on the definition of possible futures scenarios.

Takeaways

How to:

  • do a thematic research on the present

  • recognize and document a Curious Ritual

  • explore possible futures

  • describe a future through a scenario

And:

  • what is a Pre-totype and how design it

  • what are Transmedia Narratives

Outputs

  • research on the preset topic

  • documentation of the Curious Rituals within Curiouspedia

  • visualization and description of the possible futures scenarios

  • Future Map

  • concept and visualization of the Pre-totypes

Duration

2 days

NEAR FUTURE LAB »

Within a full week of activities, Near Future Lab illustrates in a practical and extended way each step of the methodology. It focuses on the concretization of the possible futures scenarios through tangible and communicable outcomes.

Takeaways

How to:

  • do a thematic research on the present

  • recognize and document a Curious Ritual

  • explore possible futures

  • describe a future through a scenario

  • design and create a Pre-totype and Transmedia Narratives

  • set up the Feedback Analysis

Outputs

  • research on the preset topic

  • documentation of the Curious Rituals within Curiouspedia

  • visualization and description of the possible futures scenarios

  • Future Map

  • Pre-totypes mockups

  • design and creation of the Transmedia Narratives

Duration

5 days

NEAR FUTURE GYM »

The workshop Near Future Gym addresses young people from 10 to 15. Within the 4/8 hours of activity, the methodology is illustrated through a game structured as a playful process that performs the main aspects of Near Future Design.

Takeaways

  • how to do a thematic research on the present

  • how to imagine complex scenarios

  • what is exponential change, effects and implications

  • how to imagine near future scenarios

  • introduction to the creation of a Pre-totype

  • how to narrate a Pre-totype through the performance

Outputs

  • research on the preset topic

  • visualization and description of the possible futures as narrations

  • Pre-totype, concept and mock-up

  • documentation of the performance

  • introduction to the creation of a Pre-totype

  • multimedia documentation of the workshop by Nefula

Duration

4 – 8 hours

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COURSES

The Course is a step-by-step path into the Near Future Design method, both from a theoretical and strategic point of view.
It gives innovative skills and knowledge to students or professionals who want to apply Near Future Design to their area of interest/business. A Near Future Design Course can be born from a collaboration with institutions, municipalities, and companies.

Take a look at the blog of the current course at ISIA Firenze.
Topic: Near Future Work

Near Future Work in ISIA
TALKS AND LECTURES

Nefula holds talks and public lectures to spread the Near Future Design methodology to the general public.
Talks are always a great time to develop a critical vision on the present, and an awareness about the futures, according to the Nefula motto: “The future doesn’t exist, it’s a performance!”

Interested in hosting a part of the Nefula Education Program?
Drop a line to our education program coordinator Marta at mcecconi [@] nefula • com

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