Insights · June 15th, 2022

In this interview the Victoria & Albert Museum looks at Designing futures: an ethics of the possible by Arjun Appadurai. Appadurai is an anthropologist and looks at ‘the future’ as a subject. This interview explores that and the role of design in shaping peoples’ futures and the prominence of technology in the digital contemporary world.

Arjun Appadurai is a world-renowned expert on the cultural dynamics of globalisation, having authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field. His latest book The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (Verso: 2013), was an important point of reference to the intellectual reasoning of the exhibition The Future Starts Here, in which he acted as a consultant.

Appadurai is a prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist, the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. He has held various professorial chairs and visiting appointments at some of top institutions in the United States and Europe. In addition, he has served on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India.

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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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