Prototype Lab was the centerpiece of The Praxis Project's Roots & Remedies 3 national gathering in Ypsilanti, MI during the summer of 2014. In it we challenged participants to understand the functions of prototyping—to try out new ideas and to normalize them. We asked participants to understand how inventions like drones can make for worlds that run counter to the worlds we want to see and how we can invent things that help usher in the worlds we want. We invited them to prototype new ways of taking on the complex issues they dealt with in everyday life, from immigration rights to the future of work, from fighting displacement to ending state sanctioned violence. We offered new tools and perspectives to bring the 200 participants together in imagining—and testing—new futures.
Prototype Lab was commissioned by the Praxis Project and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.