Speculative Enactments

Method Overview

Speculative Enactments is a method that allows designers to enact possible future technology outcomes with users to explore how the participants’ reactions to consequences of the enactments.

Getting Started

Materials: Large paper, spec sheets, and colored pens

Participants: Team (3-4 participants)

Steps (from the publicly accessible academic paper)

  1. Select a theme to be enacted.
  2. Develop the script and identify resources needed for the enactment.
  3. Recruit the actors and participants for the enactment.
  4. Conduct the enactment.
  5. Reflect on the findings from the enactment.

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