A research scenario presented at the 2019 Institute for the Future (IFTF) conference explored the idea of a subscription-based citizenship that transcends geographic borders. Anyone in the world could sign up for this service and for a monthly fee receive benefits such as health care, access to education, and job placement.
Problem / Opportunity
My task was to create a design object and experience that embodies this research scenario.
I created an interactive kiosk, similar in form-factor to an ATM machine, however instead of dispensing money, it will sends conference attendees on a path to global citizenship.
I used Sketchup to design the physical shape of the kiosk. This helped me plan out dimensions and material quantities.
The aluminum frame was welded by yours truly. Additionally I designed a palm scanner using Autodesk Fusion 360, and 3D printed it.
A semi-translucent acrylic was used for the side paneling, LED backlighting was used to give the kiosk a nice futuristic glow.
I worked with a team to design and code the interface interaction.
The interaction starts out when a conference attendee submits their biometric data for approval, this is done by activating the palm scanner.
Next they are asked to answer some basic questions, and upon completion, a custom receipt is printed. They don't have citizenship yet though. In order to activate their citizenship, they must recruit two more conference attendees to join.
This experience design brought the strategic forecast to life. Rather than simply hearing a story about a future scenario, conference attendees had the opportunity to experience what it feels like to live in a world where this scenario is playing out.
In total, over 300 conference attendees had an opportunity to interact with this experience, creating lasting impressions on CEOs, journalists, government officials, and thought leaders from around the world.