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Phil Balagtas

Phil Balagtas

President & Founder
The Design Futures Initiative
San Francisco, CA, USA

Phil Balagtas has been a practicing visual & interaction designer since 2001 and has experience designing across a variety of devices and platforms within non-profit, retail, advertising, and enterprise software organizations. Most recently he served as an Experience Design Director at McKinsey Design working with a variety of industries to transform and enhance their digital businesses and strategies. He is also the founder of the Design Futures Initiative, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, CA which exists to advance the education and advocacy of Futures Thinking (Speculative Design & Strategic Foresight). He leads a global community of meetups called "Speculative Futures" with over 60 chapters worldwide and also organizes a conference in the US and Europe called PRIMER. An educator and futurist, he brings together designers and futurists from all over the world to teach and share strategies for designing for the future and the ethical challenges around emerging technologies.

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The design of policy and the policy of design


There are myriad policies that govern the products and services we use on a daily basis. While these are all designed for usage, the contracts we sign off to use them don’t necessarily include a rigorous and inclusive human-centered approach. Let’s investigate various guidelines we agree to and consider a more design-centric approach to policy making.