Shaping the future is a skill that can be developed. In order to drive change in our society, we need to engage more people into discussions about the future, develop a more future-oriented mindset and ability to imagine alternative futures.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Right now, Finland is facing major future issues and deeds. The journey towards a society based on the limits of Earth’s carrying capacity requires the action of a large group of reformers – people, organisations, all of us.
Bringing about changes in society requires more people to talk about the future, develop their future-related skills and imagine alternative futures. Shaping the future is a skill that can be developed!
The Future makers project focuses on developing, training and distributing future-oriented thinking and change making skills, also known as future capabilities. The aim of the project is to champion hope-inducing future views in Finland, and develop them with people other than those whose who work in the field of foresight or talk about them. The different modules of the project’s training aim to reach a large number of individuals and organisations that will learn, adopt and distribute future-oriented thinking and change making skills.
While we face major societal changes, and while the shape of the desired future state is still ambiguous, future-oriented thinking has a lot to give. Future-oriented thinking is, however, not enough by itself; in addition, change making skills are needed in order to implement the desired changes.
Among trailblazers in the field, the focus is increasingly shifting from producing foresight and insight towards reinforcing foresight skills – the actual ability of people to take long-term trends into account, compare possible futures and contribute to the realisation of a desirable future. The Future makers project also focuses on these aspects.
What are we doing?
The project began in early 2020 with the work of the development team. Assembled through an open search, the development team supports Sitra in the conceptual design of the Future makers training, with the pilot version to be run in autumn 2020.
The Future makers training will provide people with the tools for future-oriented thinking and societal influence. The training aims to reach drivers of change in diverse fields who will be able to utilise what they have learned in their own networks. The project will also involve running training modules adapted to the needs of different organisations. In addition, it will produce information about future capabilities and their use.
Who is involved?
There are lots of opportunities available for distributing skills in future-oriented thinking outside the associated circle of experts, even though Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in terms of foresight, insight and future-oriented thinking. Therefore, the target group of the project is extensive. The Future makers training aims to reach drivers of change in diverse fields who will be able to utilise what they have learned in their own networks.
The project will also produce training modules for different organisations. The Future makers project also has an international mentor team comprised of scholars and experts in societal influence from across the world.