Speculative Enactments

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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.

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Getting Started

You will need:

Materials: Large paper, spec sheets, and colored pens

Participants: Work in group of 3 to 4 participants

Steps (Elsden, et al., 2017)

  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

Further Reading

Speculative enactment


Elsden, C., Chatting, D., Durrant, A. C., Garbett, A., Nissen, B., Vines, J., & Kirk, D. S. (2017, May). On speculative enactments. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 5386-5399).

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