Congratulations to Corina Angheloiu for taking the top signal spotter of the year award for submitting our most-read signal of change: “Fasten your seatbelts: Arcade City has reimagined ride-sharing services”.
Corina, please tell us a bit about who you are.
I work at the intersection of design and futures methods for creating systemic change, which usually involves choreographing projects, processes and experiences that help people understand the challenges they’re dealing with and the change they’re trying to create around them from a holistic perspective.
How did you first start spotting signals?
I’m an avid reader and have a long-standing passion for the sci-fi genre. I was always fascinated by the different pathways that lead humanity to those imagined futures and that in turn made me more aware of all the different signals that point towards the change happening. I trained as an architect and stumbled upon the work of Christopher Alexander early on in my education, which was all about the 'pattern language' (design practices) of our surrounding urban environment. This helped me understand that we navigate the world guided by the patterns and archetypes we get to recognise through time - which can be a very potent recipe for creating change.
Given the current sustainability challenges we’re facing, I find spotting signals a useful way of identifying what the future patterns might look like - they provide us with glimpses of possible futures and help us identify which ones might lead to preferable futures.
Do you scan for a specific area?
I don’t necessarily look for specific areas, although I’ve got a keen interest in technology, ethics and governance. The pace of current tech innovation moves way faster than we, as a society, debate the ethical questions around it and the implications it can have for governance.
Why did you feel that “Fasten your seatbelts: Arcade City has reimagined ride-sharing services” was a signal of change?
Arcade City is a great example of how people can use new technologies (in this case, blockchain) to imagine a fairer, more equitable governance model to deliver a local service (in this case a decentralised, bossless network for ride-sharing). It shows the potential for citizens to innovate and take ownership of the way we work, live and play, which is great.
What are your hopes for the future?
Just as for many people working to bring about change for a more sustainable footing, my hopes gravitate around the ways in which we can reimagine the fundamental stories we take for granted and which have led us to a downward spiral of unsustainable practices, lifestyles and systems. I’m hoping that in a future not that far away, we’ll have reimagined consumerism and capitalism and we’ll have evolved these stories to tackle inequality and climate change.