publication + conference

(Forthcoming) Blockchain: Wasted Design Futures? 2018. Schultz, Tristan and Hardie, Paula.

Presented at the UnMaking Waste Conference 2018

Abstract This paper explores the implications of designing, or not designing, with blockchain technology for waste and other initiatives in the interests of socially responsible and sustainable futures. It describes existing problems in waste systems, while critiquing blockchain’s relations with broader global resource consumption and complex material-history conditions of blockchain and waste within sharing economy and decolonial discourses. Three cases of ‘blockchain and waste’ (AREP, Plastic Bank and SORT) are provided. Pathways for moving forward where communities, enabled through participatory design, might actively contribute to blockchain futures in managing waste are then discussed.


masters of design research 2019

Working thesis title — The Role for Design is Opening Plural Blockchain Futures

Working Abstract Blockchain is being touted as a ‘revolutionary’ technology with the potential to transform underlying structures of economic activity and social organisation. This paper interrogates the ontological design of blockchain technology from a critical design perspective. Specifically, the complex technological, social and cultural conditions, in which blockchain is implicated, are explored through a lens of decolonial thinking. Case studies of blockchain’s presence in communities of the Global South demonstrate my argument; that a prevailing modern/colonial hegemony is ontologically designing a global faith in technology to ‘solve’ social and environmental problems. Contrary to this agenda, a case study on SORT, a Brisbane not-for-profit, will explore blockchain’s role in a socially-engaged initiative from my own experience. Future pathways manifest in my practice, a participatory design event named Colloquia Sundays, wherein community gathered to speculate the role of blockchain and generate informed ideas in preparation for adopting, rejecting or thinking about blockchain.


design futures honours 2016

Exegesis title — Perpetuating fair food practices in South East Queensland’s mainstream hospitality industry

Practice Fair Food Chefs x Food Connect

Abstract There is growing advocacy for the democratisation and localisation of the world’s food systems. The ambition to sustain ontologically resilient food systems becomes critical when considering the negative effects of climate change, population growth, unsettlement, and modern agricultural practices. Due to the economic structure of South East Queensland’s (SEQ) mainstream hospitality industry, existing commercial food practices lack the ambition to advance a state of resilience and democracy. Employing a redirective practice framework, this study considers the intermediary role of the chef and their ability to adopt food practices that are ‘fair’ in social, economic, environmental and cultural impact. Six semi-structured interviews with SEQ chefs and apprentice chefs contributed to the identification of circumstances that inhibit or advance a movement towards fair food practices. The establishment and sustainment of direct connections between farmers and chefs was inferred as a way to redirect unsustainable food practices. A pilot project explored produce-driven cooking as a method in adapting to inconsistent food procurement and risk-sharing with local SEQ farmers and producers. The implications of this research culminate in the practical application of a website (www.fairfoodchefs.com.au) that perpetuates an ongoing exploration of fair food practices in the context of SEQ’s hospitality industry. Furthermore, the findings from this study are visually mediated through a data visualisation that exists as a rhetorical device on the website. In addition to a filmed outcome of the pilot, the visual components to this project form a body of work that outlines the potential for a movement towards resilience and democracy in SEQ’s food system and mainstream hospitality industry.