Shaping the future is a skill that can be developed. Bringing about changes in society requires more people to talk about the future, develop their future-related skills and imagine alternative futures.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
What is it about?
Right now, Finland is faced with major issues and actions concerning the future. The journey towards a society based on the limits of Earth’s carrying capacity requires a large group of reformers – people, organisations, all of us.
To build a better tomorrow, we need more people to discuss the future, imagine alternative futures and take action towards a desirable future. Shaping the future is a skill that can be developed!
The Future Makers project combines, develops and teaches future-oriented thinking and change-making skills.
The project aims to bring together and popularise future-oriented thinking and change-making skills. Change makers have always also been futurists. They have had the courage to question things and imagine scenarios that have not yet happened. The project aims to reach individuals and collectives that wish to develop these skills in their respective organisations and networks.
What have we done so far?
The project began in spring 2020. Assembled through an open search, the development team served as a sparring partner in spring 2020 for Sitra’s team charged with conceptualising and developing a workshop method that combines future-oriented thinking and change-making skills. The work was also supported by an international team of specialists. The result of the development effort was Futures Frequency, a method for imagining and shaping alternative futures. The method was published in January 2021 for open use by all interested parties and, during the spring, we organised facilitator training events for people interested in taking advantage of Futures Frequency. We also issued the publication Influence the Future, which focuses on future-oriented thinking and change-making.
The Futures Frequency workshop method is available for use by anyone. It does not require previous experience or competence related to future-oriented thinking. The complete materials and instructions for facilitating a Futures Frequency workshop are available online.
Where are we now?
In autumn 2021, we plan to support teams and organisations in using the Futures Frequency method as part of their projects and we will start accepting applications for a partnership programme. We will offer training and sparring related to the use of the workshop method as well as support for projects that make use of Futures Frequency.
Who is involved?
We work with various groups, communities and organisations that are interested in developing future-oriented thinking and change-making skills.
Feel free to contact us if you have a co-operation proposal or you want to find out more about what we do!