This course is conceived and structured as a small incubator for product and business development. Modeled after the Bennington Plan, which is inherently entrepreneurial, Future Studio engages business as a creative space that marries inquiry-based idea development, design, technology and new business models to generate constructive social purpose. The course will progress over the term from idea development to prototype to market analysis and business planning. The studio values creativity, innovation, place-centered economies, worker-centered ownership, environmental sustainability, social justice and financial viability.
The goal is to develop ideas and create prototypes that may lead to the creation of new ventures that have the potential to move beyond the academic structure and be launched as a viable businesses into the world. We will employ future scenario research and analysis to help guide our work. Students will work individually and in collaborative teams.
Students who are interested in rethinking what it means to be in business today, possess an interest in the promise of the near future and have skills and knowledge from any of the following discipline areas are especially encouraged to participate: Digital Arts, Design, Sculpture, Architecture, Computing, Psychology, Mathematics, Environment or Anthropology.
This course may include opportunities for FWT 2015.