Global driving forces (showing up as blue projections) representing the global agenda in the debate alongside nations.

UN 2050: Proposing a more-than-human parliament for post-anthropocene politics

“The Utopia Compass” — a Speculative Design film by Viraj Joshi and Nadia Piet in response to the UN & Design Futures open call on Futuring Peace

In August 2020, the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Design Futures Initiative partnered on an open call inviting (speculative) visions for future peacebuilding. Having just finished our collaborative Postcard from the Future, Viraj and I took this opportunity to turn our thoughts and criticisms of the world into something constructive.

We feel excited and honored to be recognized amongst the Honourable / Noteworthy Mentions for the open call. In this article, we want to share our speculative artefacts, and a bit of the process and principles underlying them.

Artefacts: “The Utopia Compass”

Read more about the open call and other entries here.

Principles & Projections: Imagining UN 2050

Global > National interests

Non-governmental driving forces

Artificially embodied multilateralism

A parliament beyond nations

Personal accountability

Intersectional utopia

Intersectional utopia

Future-flex politics

Design principles

Process: How does one go about futuring peace?

Between the two of us, we have done creative work that spans science fiction, design research, emerging technology strategy and prototyping, and new media interactions. When we came together for this project, it was a melting pot of all our influences, methods, techniques, and frameworks.

We worked with a dynamic design process that went from critical and strategic exercises of benchmarking, secondary research, anecdotes, and finding weak signals around us; to more creative ones like brainstorming, ideation, and creation of new interactions and artefacts for a near-future fiction narrative.

1) Early brainstorming excerpt: turning principles of war upside down. 2) Where does our project stand in the “Modified Mapping of Design Futures”, source:
Ideation excerpt: Turning ideas to real artefacts.

Dialogue: Tell us about your vision

Speculation work is meant to be provocative enough to start a discussion. We would love to hear your thoughts and responses to our work!

Designer & researcher focussed on AI/ML, data, digital culture & the human condition mediated through computing