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the future of people

what will the future of people living in low-lying islands look like in 2050?

at the conference, pretending like my legs aren't shaking as I speak, photo by Conor Smith

at the conference, pretending like my legs aren't shaking as I speak, photo by Conor Smith

There is no place in the world that will remain untouched by climate change, and yet some places are feeling the effects faster than others. For the FastForward Challenge, organized through MIT's Media Lab, I asked myself what the future might look like for low-lying islands in the pacific whose very existence is threatened by rising sea levels. 

To learn about futurism and foresight through practice, I put myself in the shoes of Angie, a Marshallese woman with no desire to leave the land of her ancestors. What could like look like for her and her son if she stayed in The Marshall Islands as sea levels rose? I wrote a design fiction to answer this question. 

photo by me

photo by me

I presented my work at The Future of People Conference in November, and earned a process award for my work. The full version of the writing will be published in the Future of People review, but in the meantime you can watch a recording of my presentation here

In 2050, I propose a series of self-contained, floating residences that can float with king tides and can be moved away from islands that are shrinking or that are particularly vulnerable to storms.  

In 2050, I propose a series of self-contained, floating residences that can float with king tides and can be moved away from islands that are shrinking or that are particularly vulnerable to storms.