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Filmed on Tuesday January 26, 02021

Jason Tester

Queering the Future: How LGBTQ Foresight Can Benefit All

Jason Tester is a Research Affiliate at Institute for the Future (IFTF) working as a strategic foresight researcher, facilitator, and speculative designer. Tester holds a Human–Computer Interaction B.S. from Stanford University, and a M.A. from the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Jason Tester asks us to see the powerful potential of "queering the future" - how looking at the future through a lens of difference and openness can reveal unexpected solutions to wicked problems, and new angles on innovation. Might a queer perspective hold some of the keys to our seemingly intractable issues?

Tester brings his research in strategic foresight, speculative design work, and understanding of the activism and resiliency of LGBTQ communities together as he looks toward the future. Can we learn new ways of thinking, and thriving, from the creative approaches and adaptive strategies that have emerged from these historically marginalized groups?

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