Futures Frequency – Workshop facilitator’s handbook

A workshop method for building alternative futures


Lilli Poussa

Specialist, Foresight

Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen

Specialist (on extended leave), Foresight

Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo

Project Director, New forms of participation

Mikko Dufva

Senior Lead, Foresight


The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with the practical tools to successfully plan and facilitate a Futures Frequency workshop. Futures Frequency is a three-hour workshop that does not require previous experience of foresight thinking. The workshop can be used with groups of different sizes. Futures Frequency gets participants tuned into thinking about a future that is worth imagining and striving for. The method inspires people to think about the future from new perspectives and challenges them to identify ways to act towards a preferred future.

The method was developed at Sitra. A developer team of specialists in various fields outside the Sitra organisation provided valuable feedback and comments to support the development efforts along with the many participants of pilot workshops. The method is intended to be used and applied by anyone.

Futures Frequency can be adapted to the needs of various kinds of groups. You can add depth to the method by including assessments of megatrends or weak signals, for example, or you can use other methods in the Futuremaker’s toolbox to expand on your group’s activities. We hope that this handbook will be useful for everyone who wants to invite their colleagues, bosses, students, active members of an organisation – or any group – to get tuned into the Futures Frequency and start working towards a better tomorrow.

Imagining a better future is perhaps more important right now than it has ever been in human history. Thank you for your interest in engaging people to talk about the future.

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Futures Frequency - Workshop facilitator’s handbook


A workshop method for building alternative futures


Liisa Poussa, Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen, Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo, Mikko Dufva

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40 s.


ISBN 978-952-347-218-1


futures, handbook, workshop, change making


Sitra studies

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