9 results for “Pyramid of Technology”

Q: How will a technology enter the human habitat?

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
August 13th 2019

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

In the late nineties, the Tamagotchi egg was released. A small egg-shaped device that contained a digital creature that the owner had to ‘breed’ and take care of. The toy somehow normalized the experience of having some digital device in your pocket that sometimes seems to live a life of its own and that needs your attention. A lot of attention. It was around the same time that the …

Q: Is the technology outside or inside your body?

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
July 18th 2019

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

The first computers barely fit in your living room. This all changed with the introduction of the desktop computer which sits, well, on your desk. The laptop is designed to live on your lap and your smartphone is made to live in your pocket (but has more computing power than that first computer). One conclusion could be that while computing power increases, the sizes of computers shrink — and …

Q: How will technology enchant us?

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
July 11th 2019

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

Take a mundane object from your house. Now ask yourself: How will this particular technology enchant me? Household objects we find mundane now, once enchanted people — why?

Arthur C. Clarke stated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Think about it, your smartphone is basically a black box that allows you to connect with your grandmother on the other side of the planet, as if through …

Next Nature Academy presents: A workshop-in-a-box for your team

NextNature.net
June 12th 2018

Are you working on projects where technology and human interaction are involved, and are you looking for a new approach? As of today, we offer a brand new workshop concept for you and your team. In just two hours you learn how to work with the Pyramid of Technology toolbox in an active, dynamic and 100% analogue way!…

Do a Next Nature Workshop!

NextNature.net
September 24th 2017
NNN organizes workshops using a physical Pyramid of Technology as conceptual tool.

The City as Technology in Tokyo

NextNature.net
August 24th 2017
Are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo.

Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions

Elle Zhan Wei
July 12th 2017
At Border Sessions Festival in the Hague a workshop was hosted by Next Nature Network on the artificial womb.

Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

NextNature.net
May 21st 2017
The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is a workshop-in-a-box that helps you better understand technology and catalyze innovative processes.
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This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

In the late nineties, the Tamagotchi egg was released. A small egg-shaped device that contained a digital creature that the owner had to ‘breed’ and take care of. The toy somehow normalized the experience of having some digital device in your pocket that sometimes seems to live a life of its own and that needs your attention. A lot of attention. It was around the same time that the first mobile phones entered the market. Coincidence?

How technology enters our life

Technologies don’t enter our lives just by themselves. They are envisioned, developed, tested and marketed with other technologies in mind. They are designed to coexist with other technologies or aim to disrupt whole industries.

When a technology becomes applied (and available for mainstream audiences), it moves from the ‘operational’ level of the Pyramid of Technology to the ‘applied’. It enters the habitat of the user, usually a human being (although not necessarily).

Visualization of the Pyramid of Technology

This happens in various ways: from becoming commercially available on the market (such as consumer electronics) or being given away for free (as with open source software), to be imposed by government and industries (think infrastructures).

The following steps will help you formulate a vision for how your technology may enter the human habitat.

Do it yourself!

  • Describe how a technology will enter the human habitat. Does this happen voluntarily or imposed? Commercially or for free? Will its entrance be smooth or rough?
  • Sharpen your thoughts in as much detail as possible and ask youself, at which price point will the technology be introduced? And who will be the early adopters?
  • Create a timeline of events you foresee happening.

Your next (nature) design tool

The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is our conceptual navigation tool that visualizes how technology becomes nature. The box contains 70 cards with insights, exercizes and questions to help you dream, build and live in your next nature. Visit the Next Nature Academy and learn more about our workshops, methods and tools.

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This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

The first computers barely fit in your living room. This all changed with the introduction of the desktop computer which sits, well, on your desk. The laptop is designed to live on your lap and your smartphone is made to live in your pocket (but has more computing power than that first computer). One conclusion could be that while computing power increases, the sizes of computers shrink — and they creep up closer to our bodies.

In the future, will you accept a super computer as a tooth implant?

We can only imagine what next generations in this evolutairy path would look like. We can talk about ‘what’ technology is, ‘how’ it works and ‘why’ we need it, but more and more, we should ask ourselves ‘where’ it is (or could be).

The following steps will help you formulate a vision for the inner/outer bodily experience of your technology.

Do it yourself!

  • Describe where your technology currently resides.
  • Think about where else it could be, and how it would be applied on the moon, on the southpole, around your wrist or in the retina of your eyes.
  • Discuss technology as located inside the body. How acceptable or ‘natural’ is this idea to you?
  • Share your thoughts below!

Your next (nature) design tool

The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is our conceptual navigation tool that visualizes how technology becomes nature. The box contains 70 cards with insights, exercizes and questions to help you dream, build and live in your next nature. Visit the Next Nature Academy and learn more about our workshops, methods and tools.

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This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

Take a mundane object from your house. Now ask yourself: How will this particular technology enchant me? Household objects we find mundane now, once enchanted people — why?

Arthur C. Clarke stated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Think about it, your smartphone is basically a black box that allows you to connect with your grandmother on the other side of the planet, as if through magical interaction.

What if we would envision the magic potential of new technologies? Wouldn’t our relationship with them become much more spiritual?

The following steps will help you formulate a vision for your enchanted technology.

Do it yourself!

  • Describe a technology as if it were a magical object.
  • Put effort into describing all the ways in which it has the potential to enchant people, do this in as much detail as possible.
  • Try to picture a world in which this technology is not thought of as magical. What would need to happen today to get us there tomorrow?
  • Make a list of all the magical features that could be implemented in your next design.
  • Now go do it.

Your next (nature) design tool

The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is our conceptual navigation tool that visualizes how technology becomes nature. The box contains 70 cards with insights, exercizes and questions to help you dream, build and live in your next nature. Visit the Next Nature Academy and learn more about our workshops, methods and tools.

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Why this workshop?

Today, everybody uses technology to some extent, yet most of us are unaware of how technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society. Therefore, this 2-hour dynamic crash course helps you to better understand and discuss technology. It facilitates creative brainstorming and catalyses your innovation processes. This enables you to apply the toolkit afterwards in team meetings and projects where a human-centered and future forward approach to technology is needed.
‘The Pyramid of Technology toolkit visualizes how technology becomes nature and how this impacts people’s future lifestyles.’

No screens involved!

A trainer from the Next Nature Network will visit your team on your location preference, and will facilitate the workshop using the Pyramid of Technology toolbox. The trainer explains the Next Nature vision and guides your team through the pyramid by using the various cards from the box: This workshop is active, dynamic and 100% analogue. [caption id="attachment_74170" align="aligncenter" width="1654"] Use the toolbox yourself and experience at first hand how the method works[/caption]

Global outline

  • Work with the Pyramid of Technology toolbox
  • Learning-by-doing: A hands-on experience
  • Guidance by a Next Nature Network trainer
  • One Pyramid-of-Technology box included

After this workshop

  • You will have new angles to generate ideas from
  • You have experienced working with the Pyramid of Technology
  • You can use the toolbox for your own technology related projects
[caption id="attachment_81856" align="alignnone" width="4001"]10 insight cards about technology dynamics, 10 workshop cards with ready-to-go excersizes and 70 yards with challenging questions about nature and technology A pyramid of technology toolbox features 10 insight cards about technology dynamics, 10 workshop cards with ready-to-go excercises and 70 cards with challenging questions about nature and technology[/caption]

Is this for my team?

This crash course is interesting for all teams who work in areas where technology and human interaction are involved, and who seek inspiration for new approaches. This workshop is suitable for corporate teams, as well as teams at design studios; from designers to project managers to lecturers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, researchers and strategists.

Practical information

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Participants: 10 (max.)
  • Location: at your preferred location
  • Language: English or Dutch
  • Price: €499,– (excl VAT and based on a location in the Netherlands)
  • Includes one Pyramid-of-Technology box (retail price €150,-)

Book this workshop

If you are interested in hosting a workshop-in-a-box session with your team, send an email to workshops [at] nextnature [dot] net.

Do you want more information?

Read more about the workshop on this page, about the Pyramid of Technology on this page or feel free to contact us at any given time.  [post_title] => Next Nature Academy presents: A workshop-in-a-box for your team [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => next-nature-academy-workshop [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-06-26 11:34:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-06-26 10:34:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=81853 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 75140 [post_author] => 367 [post_date] => 2017-09-24 10:13:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-24 08:13:49 [post_content] => Are you looking for a stimulating way to explore technology, facilitate brainstorming and catalyze innovative processes? We've got you covered! NNN organizes workshops using the Pyramid of Technology approach (visualizing how technology becomes nature in seven steps) to help us dream, build and live in our next nature - the nature caused by humans.We launched the Pyramid of Technology workshop at this year's edition of What Design Can Do. The participants were divided into seven groups, each group dove into one of the seven stages of the Pyramid and explored it using the questions contained in the toolkit, such as: which family does this technology belong to? And how will it evolve?NNN workshops are based on our newly developed toolkit and feature a physical model of the pyramid. The content of these sessions is built around the next nature concept and related themes, but can as well be tailored to specific needs. For more information about our workshops, have a look at this page. Want to read more about the project? Then visit this page. Do you prefer to autonomously organize your own workshop? You can order the toolkit from our web shop. [post_title] => Do a Next Nature Workshop! [post_excerpt] => NNN organizes workshops using a physical Pyramid of Technology as conceptual tool. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => next-nature-workshop [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-07 11:28:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-07 10:28:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=75140/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76873 [post_author] => 367 [post_date] => 2017-08-24 10:00:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-24 08:00:01 [post_content] => Cities might be the most advanced technology mankind has produced so far. A decade ago the tipping point was reached when more people lived in urban environments than in non-urban ones. But are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo, Japan.The Pyramid of Technology concept facilitated the exploration on various levels, making use of ‘design probes’: rapidly prototyped thought-provoking objects that convey an idea or a design concept. What worked really well, was that the design probes were generated as some kind of materialized, conceptual answers to the concrete questions from the 70 question cards in the Pyramid of Technology toolkit.Among the results from the workshop, we'd like to share the concept developed by Nicole Jansen who envisioned a new destination for the Yamanote Line, one of Tokyo’s most important subway lines. She would transform it into an underground capsule city for office workers. In this scenario, commuting would be an unnecessary activity replaced by a lifestyle that is facilitated through a modular system of living pods and plug-in facilities. This concept originated from the observation that the amount of people passing through Tokyo’s subway system is so large that the city could never accommodate their needs in case they would all come above ground at the same time (for example, during an earthquake or a flood).[caption id="attachment_76880" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Building design probes based on questions from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit and arranging them on the Pyramid of Technology to inquire new patterns of meaning.[/caption]The workshop was part of the Summer Sessions, a mobile summer school program organized by GDA (Graphic Design Arnhem of ArtEZ University of the Arts), a four year BA program in graphic design where Hendrik-Jan Grievink teaches design research.Do you want to stay up to date about NNN workshops and other NNN projects? Make sure to join Next Nature Network and never miss a thing! [mc4wp_form id="72385"] [post_title] => The City as Technology in Tokyo [post_excerpt] => Are cities in their current form really the future of the human habitat? What is a next nature version of the city and how would it look like? In line with this perspective, NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink led two workshops in Tokyo. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => workshop-exploring-city-technology [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-29 10:13:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-29 08:13:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=76873/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76048 [post_author] => 1324 [post_date] => 2017-07-12 10:50:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-12 08:50:39 [post_content] => What would happen if we could have babies without the involvement of a female body? On June 28 during the workshop we hosted at Border Sessions Festival, twenty-two people with different backgrounds - ranging from art and design to geology, pediatrics and prenatal instrument engineering - explored the possible answers to this question through an inspiring societal prototyping session.[caption id="attachment_76080" align="aligncenter" width="566"] Participants prototyping during the workshop.[/caption]The day started with a lecture by NNN designer Hendrik-Jan Grievink who introduced our ongoing research project Ectogenesis, Artificial Womb, Human Egg? and briefly explained the Next Nature philosophy, including the Pyramid of Technology. He concluded with a thought-provoking question: will newer generations of assisted reproductive technologies, such as artificial wombs, ever become part of human nature?After a first round of intense discussion, biologist Nana McLean and designer Charlotte Marabito from Germany presented their project Youterus, opening up the debate on the artificial womb social context. All participants tried their Youterus wearable womb physical prototype, which instantly led to new observations and insights. This is exactly why we undertook this project: to bring an element of embodiment to a subject that is all about disembodiment.[caption id="attachment_76087" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Participants with the ‘Youterus’ model.[/caption]In the afternoon, the participants divided into groups to imagine different scenarios in which the artificial womb could evolve in the future. Rather than envisioning futuristic design objects, the outcomes focused more on the broader context of reproduction, sexuality and relations. This is also the direction we want to go with this project, we need societal prototypes. Below we highlight two particularly successful scenarios:SCENARIO 1 - Birth Day. The artificial womb can hypothetically allow people to pick the date of birth of their child. This will result in a different kind of rituals and celebrations around birth, some ideas: family members will be invited or the date itself can be scheduled so that everyone in the family can share the same birthday day. Or a national Labour Day, that co-aligns with the other labour day on May 1st. Your birth day will become a very special day in which you actually remember and reflect on the moment you entered this world.SCENARIO 2 - Poly Parenting. In the future, the nuclear family will be over and families will consist of 1-100 members. Together with the other co-parents, you will negotiate your level of commitment as parent. The title of parent will cease to exist. Instead, a different system of naming will be introduced to define the level of parental commitment: corent (10%), hurent (31%), mirent (52%), etc.[caption id="attachment_76085" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Rapid prototyping helped us to materialize ideas.[/caption][caption id="attachment_76246" align="aligncenter" width="640"] PolyParenting: the word ‘parent’ is disseminated into 100 variations based on involvement.[/caption]The level of discussion throughout the day was profound, to say the least. As NNN we have gained valuable insights and design scenarios regarding the artificial womb from different perspectives. Everybody walked out of the door with enough food for thought for quite a while.Thanks to Border Sessions and all participants for taking part in our workshop. We look forward to more of these sessions. Would you like to host one?This report is part of the Artificial Womb research project by NNN. The goal of this project is to develop thought-provoking scenarios that facilitate a much-needed discussion about the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love in the 21st century. We highly value your feedback or input, contributions can be sent to womb@nextnature.net. [post_title] => Artificial Womb Workshop at Border Sessions [post_excerpt] => At Border Sessions Festival in the Hague a workshop was hosted by Next Nature Network on the artificial womb. 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Launching this week at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, now available for pre-order in our web shop!The Pyramid of Technology kit consists of 90 cards: 70 question cards, each linked to one of the seven levels of the pyramid aimed at stimulating debate around technologies and ten workshop cards to help articulate results in various creative ways and provide you with ten off-the-shelf exercises. Last but not least, there are ten insight cards that visualize technology dynamics and deepen the understanding of the Pyramid of Technology model.Are you looking for a stimulating way to explore technology, facilitate brainstorming and catalyze innovative processes? NNN organizes workshops using a physical Pyramid of Technology as conceptual tool. The content of these workshops is built around the next nature concept and related themes, but can as well be tailored to specific needs. If you host a NNN workshop, you get seven toolkits for free! For more information about our inspiring sessions, please contact: workshops[at]nextnature.net. [post_title] => Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit [post_excerpt] => The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is a workshop-in-a-box that helps you better understand technology and catalyze innovative processes. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pyramid-of-technology-kit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-07 11:28:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-07 10:28:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=74453/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 ))[post_count] => 8 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 113056 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2019-08-13 08:00:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-13 07:00:12 [post_content] =>

This question is an excerpt from the Pyramid of Technology toolkit

In the late nineties, the Tamagotchi egg was released. A small egg-shaped device that contained a digital creature that the owner had to ‘breed’ and take care of. The toy somehow normalized the experience of having some digital device in your pocket that sometimes seems to live a life of its own and that needs your attention. A lot of attention. It was around the same time that the first mobile phones entered the market. Coincidence?

How technology enters our life

Technologies don’t enter our lives just by themselves. They are envisioned, developed, tested and marketed with other technologies in mind. They are designed to coexist with other technologies or aim to disrupt whole industries.

When a technology becomes applied (and available for mainstream audiences), it moves from the ‘operational’ level of the Pyramid of Technology to the ‘applied’. It enters the habitat of the user, usually a human being (although not necessarily).

Visualization of the Pyramid of Technology

This happens in various ways: from becoming commercially available on the market (such as consumer electronics) or being given away for free (as with open source software), to be imposed by government and industries (think infrastructures).

The following steps will help you formulate a vision for how your technology may enter the human habitat.

Do it yourself!

  • Describe how a technology will enter the human habitat. Does this happen voluntarily or imposed? Commercially or for free? Will its entrance be smooth or rough?
  • Sharpen your thoughts in as much detail as possible and ask youself, at which price point will the technology be introduced? And who will be the early adopters?
  • Create a timeline of events you foresee happening.

Your next (nature) design tool

The Pyramid of Technology toolkit is our conceptual navigation tool that visualizes how technology becomes nature. The box contains 70 cards with insights, exercizes and questions to help you dream, build and live in your next nature. Visit the Next Nature Academy and learn more about our workshops, methods and tools.

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