I talk, as a speculative designer researcher about my work: Fringe Benefits

Association of Feline Associationcat ladies hosted spa therapies for high-end clientele seeking parasitic infestation

Wellman Waters: an opportunity for conspiracy theorists to explore their ideas with the general public while providing a functional service of water filtration

Heathrow Heritage: historical village tours for stranded passengers at Heathrow, run by airport activists against the 3rd run way expansion

Watch me discusses my work with fringe communities and ethnographic research, where I create a series of scenarios showing functional and mutually beneficial relationships between fringe groups and the mainstream. Hopefully, I persuaded more people to take delight in the weird and wonderful while providing an alternative approach to the common dangers of exploitation in design research.

Written by Lisa Ma

Lisa Ma socializes activism. Combining ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa creates platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes that deeply resonate with the global technological community. The emergence of clicktivism – to protest at the click of a mouse – is trivializing activism. Lisa argues that although activism doesn’t necessarily benefit from technology, we need to evolve how activism contributes to technological societies. To illustrate this, she designs dilemmas and creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services.

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