“’It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,’ said Yogi Berra. True, but we can do better than just assuming there’s nothing we can do about it. Let’s start with what we know for sure: the future will not be like the past. Things are changing faster than ever. FORESIGHT is an initiative to understand the forces that will shape the future of health and well-being, and give decision makers tools to understand the interrelatedness of all these forces and act on them. Personally, I am excited to work on this project for two reasons: (1) having worked in health for most of my life, I am aware we lack a vision that will help inspire and shape the future for health; and (2) being a designer, my job is to make sense and clarity out of complexity and fuzziness. I love how we are making a bold attempt at that.”
José Colucci is the director of research and development of the Design Institute for Health, a unique institution where design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges are both integrated into medical education at Dell Medical School and applied in practice to population health. Before joining the Design Institute, José was a senior director and associated partner at IDEO for 16 years; vice president of research and development of ITI in Canada; and the general manager of the Medical Engineering Division at FUNBEC, Brazil’s largest manufacturer of medical electronics for cardiology. José has a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in industrial design, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a guest lecturer at Harvard, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Olin School of Engineering. He also has a part-time teaching appointment at the University of Texas at Austin.
“The opportunity to be a part of an initiative that is altruistic in nature that also happens to call for the application of futures thinking toward the ends of Information Visualization as an intended outcome is endlessly exciting and intellectually stimulating. It isn’t often that you get to focus on what you’re most passionate about and do good.”
Adam Zeiner is an interaction designer at the Design Institute for Health, a partnership between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Adam focuses on systems, applying futures thinking, information architecture, visualization, tech-based arts, and organizing communities of practice.