Designing Paradise

What if you could design an ideal future for society? A society which requires no work from its citizens and encourage a pursuit of passion. What would that look like?

Outcome Classification: 
Opportunity Identification & Comprehensive Research

Trend Analytics | Research | System | Future Scenarios | Storytelling

Project Members: 
Lucas Bruketa, Mikayla Koo, Hanna Steingrimsdottir

Full report found at the end of project summary.


An exploratory research project, the intention of this document was to explore the use of design methodologies and frameworks when describing a theoretical future.

Grounded in existing structure and paradigms, and looking to existing cultural signals, we created an idealized future for humanity. A future in which an individual's needs where met, allowing them to work for a personal purpose rather than sustenance and survival.


1. Construct a framework for to guide our research. Dividing our framework into five domains - technology, human, nature, systems, and society - we identified topics with potential for meaningful impact on our ideal future.

2. Complete conceptual case studies and identify related themes. Through the framework, 11 case studies were completed, covering topics from Schopenhauer’s philosophies to Transhumanism, and from them prominent themes were derived.

3. Synthesize and resymbolize the identified themes into a new framework. This reorganization laying the groundwork for new possibilities that would help construct the future.

4. Complete concrete case studies. By using this newly developed framework, we identified technological signals with meaningful potential to positively influence our future.

5. Creating the future through ideals. Naming our future civilization Konnekt, a highly networked and fluctuating society, we began to describe our future, grounding the culture in a set of defined ideals.

6. Establish primary and secondary themes of the future. The primary three themes - self, network, and growth - touch on concepts of exploration, belonging, and expansion. While the secondary themes act to flesh out the different stages of human life.

7. Narrative and structure world building. Through the delineation of a human life into four distinct age periods, we used an individual narrative paired with an outline world structure to illustrate and complete our ideal future.


The magic and success of this project were largely a result of our loose understanding of what the outcome would be throughout the process. We were able to use the case studies and resymbolize themes to define a future in which individuals are able to actualize their best self in harmony with natural and artificial systems. In our contemporary culture in which the future is so often bleak, it was a meaningful departure to describe an ideal future paradise. While using current cultural signals to indicate its real world possibility.


From this work, some key insights can be defined to influence our understanding of the future:

  • Storytelling is good design. It was meaningful to learn the power that a story may have. A single experience can be significant, but experiencing a story is impactful and transformative.
  • Ambiguity provides freedom. Through an acceptance of ambiguity, one can allow themselves true exploration, working for passion without concern for the outcome.
  • Design for a paradise. If I design with a vision of paradise rather than dystopia, I can create experiences of greater value and meaning. As I remove limitation and worry from my work.
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