Reconstructing Resilience

Kelly Kornet

Kelly Kornet is a designer and foresight researcher currently based in Toronto. Compelled to make sense of complex information, she is interested in the intersection of design thinking, systems thinking, and foresight. Over the past two years, Kornet has worked with foresight consultants in academic and corporate settings, combining her research and critical thinking skills to investigate complex problems and help clients visualize, understand and analyze change.

As a recent graduate of the Master of Design program in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University, her recent work explores how individuals anticipate and respond to change, imagining possible futures with a range of emotions and perspectives. Kornet’s thesis utilized design as a tool for building empathy and understanding towards local environmental activists.

In order for a community to “creatively adjust and sustain itself in light of rapid and occasionally negative change” it needs to have both a vision for the future and a roadmap to get there. Only then can the group strategically and intrinsically work towards a future it prefers. If we are to build resilience, what will it look like in contemporary society?

What are the outcomes we are hoping to achieve? What is the worst-case scenario we are seeking to avoid? The intention behind Kornet’s exhibited work is to carve out a space for all of us to illuminate our assumptions and articulate the scenarios that might operate from within us – be it explicitly or not.  



Aftermarket brake pads – front & rear, 2024.

The last asbestos-containing product to be manufactured before the global ban on asbestos manufacturing and distribution.

Manufactured in China.



Unidentified survival kit, c. 2026.

Recovered by United States Army Special Forces in war-torn Niagara Falls, New York.

The survival kit was recovered with the following items: comb, floss, band-aids,

2/3 AAA 300mAH 7.2V Ni-MH battery pack, RCA stereo audio cable, cotton socks, sewing needles,

thread, flask, harmonica, tool sharpener, whistle, mobile phone with improvised antenna.



L—“The Great Lakes” book, 1985.

Recovered from local residence after Chemical Valley Explosion of

2029. Sarnia, Ontario.

R—Steel-toed boots, c.2020.

Recovered from Chemical Valley Explosion of 2029. Sarnia, Ontario

Photo credit: Komal Faiz


Air quality monitor 14698, c. 2005.

Decommissioned in 2037 after budget cuts to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Formerly stationed at Scott Road, South Sarnia.

Image courtesy of Kelly Kornet