CHI 2013 Visions and Visioning SIG
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The intention of this SIG is to raise the awareness, interest and considered use of visions and visioning in the CHI community. We are interested in mapping out existing visions, which can be of use in CHI and discussing the need for new visions. In this we aim to critique where visions have been used in foresight activities. We also seek to explore how and where the visioning process can be of use, before, during and after research is undertaken. Following the discussion approach in  we aim to better understand the role of visions in HCI. The overall objective of this SIG is to better understand if visions can be of use in CHI, is a well framed vision a scientific contribution in its own right and should CHI stimulate the presentation, discussion and publication of visions. What are the appropriate venue for visions? Based on the feedback from this SIG, we expect to make proposals for how CHI might embrace visions.
For this 90-minute SIG we have five phases. The first phase occurs before the SIG itself where a website and wiki are established to support the discussion at the SIG. Authors of 2-3 leading visions will present their visions and why they think that visions were or remain relevant, how they influence their research process, etc. (30 minutes overall). Following this, a plenary discussion or round table discussions (depending on number of attendees) on the questions stated in the section on SIG Objectives (45 minutes), concluding with a discussion of next steps: how to provide a forum for visions at CHI (15 minutes). Following this, the fifth phase may take the form of a new space within CHI for visions, an online forum, or an open handbook on visions and visioning to inspire and inform research.
As time has shown, radical futurists and visionaries have come from a broad spectrum of society. As such, we aim to invite artists, senior industrial researchers, science fiction writers, and senior academics along with more junior academics that actively engage in the pre- SIG phase. The SIG will welcome those seeking to advance existing or new visions, those with a skeptical view of the usefulness of visions, to those actively involved in creating new visions outside of CHI.