In 2020, I became the Marketing Coordinator for the UOW Digital Media Society. Through my work at the DMS, I have had to think like a Futurist to overcome the short-term barriers that might prevent the club from running in 2020-21.
There has been much frustration about the way that remote delivery of university subjects has been handled. Whether it be students who are not getting their perceived value out of their subjects, or overworked and underpaid teaching staff, everyone is exhausted. Because of this, how we learn and the methods that we have thought of as necessary to learn have come into question.
Professor Eleonora Barbieri Masini asserts that "ambitions of a desirable future are embedded in the social structure from which they emerge". A statement which is inherently true of my work for the UOW Digital Media Society. Here, our desires emerge from a need to sustain ourselves as a club, so that we may continue serving …
Thinking about the future is a very odd experience. Especially in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. In mere months we have seen our lives completely change. We have seen technologies adapt and serve new purposes. We have seen entire industries shut down, while new ones emerge, and our ideas of work change. And it is this disruption that makes Futures Studies so important.
University Societies are an excellent initiative for benefiting the university outcomes for members and executives alike. However, many clubs fail to become bigger than themselves, ultimately disbanding after their passionate founding-members graduate. I am determined to make the Digital Media Society the exception.