PRIMER was created to prepare you for the future and to equip you to help shape it.
It is the annual conference (in the US and Europe) produced by the Design Futures Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit based in San Francisco, CA and the annual gathering for the Speculative Futures community with 20 (and growing) chapters worldwide.
About Speculative Design
Speculative Design investigates and imagines possible futures through the experiential use of designed artifacts and scenarios.
By illuminating possibilities and the inherent choices they engender, speculative futurists help organizations, institutions and society share richer conversations about the futures they wish to create, the ones they want to avoid—and make better decisions about both.
This practice enables versatile thinking and serves as a creative frame to discover, explore and increase awareness, to craft right futures—to design and build for the well-being of all life, human and otherwise.
Speculative Futures is an international meetup community that focuses on the work and practice in the fields of Speculative and Critical Design, Design Fiction, Futurism, and Strategic Foresight. Established in 2015 by Phil Balagtas, a designer and researcher, the group has already grown exponentially since its inception.
Speculative Futures regularly hosts practitioners and educators from a variety of fields at monthly meetings, and delivers talks and workshops at conferences around the world.