Cynthia Selin, Arizona State University;
Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Duke Energy Center for Innovation
Roopali Phadke, Macalester College
David Tomblin, University of Maryland
Thaddeus Miller, Portland State University
Kevin Jones, University of Alberta
Gretchen Gano, University of California, Berkeley
Carlo Altamirano, Arizona State University

Denver 2015: Visual and Sensory Approaches

The Futurescape City Tours are a constellation of deliberative engagements that use digital and analog media and an urban walking tour to build the capacity of lay citizens, scientists and engineers, and civic stakeholders to reflexively approach the intersections between science, technology and society. Through the Futurescape City Tours, we manifest public engagement design principles that (1) lead with citizen-led interests, giving primacy to the concerns and curiosities of publics; (2) critically engage with technology, setting attention on the social and political dimensions of emerging technologies (3) use material deliberation, moving beyond discourse to incorporate material, visual, and affective elements; and (4) approach the future in a tempered fashion, evoking anticipations grounded in the appreciation of obduracy, with imaginations unleashed with the ballast of historical reflection. In order to share our theoretical understandings and methodological approaches, we have created a practitioners’ guidebook, online archive and a short film.