Project Description: For my Master of Design Major Research Project, I focused on imagining the evolution of Somali-Canadian identity, three generations into the future. Through the development of collages, short plays, and letters to the future, Somali youth attending my workshops were able to define their sense of identity and explore how this would change in the future. What emerged from this research was a framework to enable communities to envision culturally-informed futures.
Project Duration: July 2019 - May 2020
︎Detailed literature review in the areas of Future Studies and Somali Studies
︎Expert interviews with Future Studies and Somali Studies scholars
︎Two participatory futures workshops (Toronto and Edmonton)
︎Development of a Framework for Culturally Informed Futures
︎Presentation at the Somali Studies in Canada: Resilience and Resistance, A Multidisciplinary Colloquium
︎Final Major Research Project paper