As engaging and thought provoking as Bruno Latour's texts are, his ideas and thinking can sometimes be more digestible delivered by natural means of audio and visual communication. I've collected some of Latour's more interesting talks into a single place, which sometimes require a little bit more digging to find than a single search on YouTube. Many of these videos take angle at things from his later "modes of existence" work, but the general principles of the actor-network theory that Latour is known for is (arguably) present in everything. A similar compilation is available at Anthem group (The Actor-Network Theory – Heidegger Meeting), although it has not been updated with talks after 2012.
Design Thinking as Heterogeneous Engineering
Design thinkingThe methods and techniques used by creators of the material world. It is a non-specific and non-linear process of creative synthesis and situation analysis that is more toolkit than prescriptive methodology. It is often a playful process associated with crafting style and aesthetic appeal, but there is developing evidence that it can be used to generate more general innovation in complex problems facing individuals, organisations, business and government.
Who is this for?
This is for designers (and design researchers) working with complex problems where humans are tangled in scenarios involving other humans, objects, systems, organisations and issues.
What does it do?
It focuses on using heterogeneous engineering as part of design thinking in two related ways:
InsightHetereogeneous engineering as a particular method of tracing and gaining insight into the makeup and trajectories of actors (people, procedures, objects, organisations and issues) as complex, networked and evolving tangles of people, procedures, objects, organisations and issues with uncertain trajectories.
Ideas to action for learningImagining and creating possibilities that will help reveal the tangle of entities making up problem scenarios.