Futurity Works

Futurity Works aims to help consultancies unlock their imagination to think beyond the present and speculate possible futures, to adapt and build prevention for emerging needs. Our service consists of two parts, a future hackathon and an intelligence collective platform, to cultivate creative conversations through a fun way of storytelling and dynamic collaboration.

Service

Service Design

Design strategies

Speculative Design

Client

Consultancy

Year

2020

ABOUT

The Future of Consulting Services

Reimagine new concepts of how consulting services might be shaped to meet new challenges for both markets and ways of work. Identify external challenges over 3-5 years and develop a new organisational design and ways of working.

Futurity Works is a service that transforms the way consultancies narrate their vision to clients through speculative storytelling frameworks, aiming to facilitate future design thinking. It consists of a hackathon and an intelligent digital platform, which are designed to help both employees and clients create curiosity and understand the value of speculating future scenarios. Through the collaborative activities during the hackathon, they can establish the short term strategies that could be adopted, such as prevention, adaptability, transformation and sustainability for emerging needs.

CHALLENGE

Most of the tech consultancies are just being reactive to what clients ask for, by providing delivery-oriented solutions which will eventually lead to a decrease of competitiveness in the market. It is necessary for consultancies to be involved in the earlier stages of the design process and establish a collective understanding of creative thinking preferable futures with clients in order to build a long term relationship with them.

DESIGN APPROACH

DESK RESEARCH

Problem scope

Right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to micro beads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truck load of rubbish a minute. Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned.

Plastic Recycling in Dharavi

  • The recycling industry in Dharavi is a £700m industry

  • 80% of Mumbai’s solid waste is recycled; that is close to 8000 metric tons

  • Plastic waste is bought by the kilogram at (approx.) 15p per kg of plastic bottles

  • The plastic recycling industry employs close to 10,000 people

  • 20,000 single-room factories support the economy of the slum

Housing Situation in Dharavi

  • 1 million people live in Dharavi with a population density of  869,565 people per square mile

  • The most basic housing relies on materials like corrugated iron sheets and bamboo or wooden planks

  • Dharavi receives heavy monsoon rains, which takes its toll on poorly built houses

  • Most structures are built through manual labour due to narrow streets and lack of space for heavy machinery

WHAT IS IT FOR?

Tech consultancy

01/

Point of plastic waste accumulation

Almost all of the plastic waste from Mumbai

02/

Recycling industry

-Employing almost 10,000 people

-Having 20,000 single-room factories

-A £700m industry

03/

Need for durable housing

-869,565 people per square mile

-Built through manual labour

How might we help consultancies attain a competitive advantage, through instilling a future design thinking mindset?

SERVICE CONCEPT

TRIGGER CARDS

SERVICE CONCEPT

SERVICE

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FINAL PRODUCT

VALUE CREATION

How will it benefit for residents in Dharavi slum

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Business profit

Creating valuable end-products compared to raw materials.

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Open source

Open Source toolkit of process and product with the use of accessible materials

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Impactful design

No toxic gases, no concrete and cement, overall positive environmental impact

VIDEO

TEAM

Cammy Sha

Irene Liao 

Radhika Agrawal

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