Experiential Personal Futures
Making the Futures Present is an experiential personal futures workshop designed to introduce and build foresight capacity in individuals.
The technique is inspired by foresight practice and shaped by design thinking. It is also easily adapted to respond to the needs of diverse participants. The workshop embraces imagination, emotion, role play, and the immediate surroundings to generate multiple futures. The futures explored are expected, optimistic, pessimistic and unexpected.
Focus of Making the Futures Present
Summon the future
David Buwalda leads a discussion with Maggie Greyson, a designer and futurists who helps people to get comfortable with uncertainty so that they can play a meaningful part in the future. Greyson’s premise is that when you make something and describe it in great detail you have begun to create a preferred future. Even more powerful, you have also created a role for yourself in it. The sequence of activities summons the future into being.
Provocation: The future presents a greater feeling of certainty when you hold a piece of it in your hands.
Related article: WIRED, Design Fiction: A Guide to Ethnographic Experiential Futures
Thesis: Making the Futures Present, Maggie Greyson
Presenters Maggie Greyson & David Buwalda
Maggie Greyson: Making the Futures Present
Maggie Greyson is the Winner of the Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Special Award for North America from the School of International Futures for her work as a Designer Futurist. Robust research and creative risk-taking define her career. She has designed for the stage with International Shakespeare’s Globe, the Stratford Theatre Festival and others in Canada, US and UK. She has also designed interactive online experiences for Fortune 100 organizations that gained international recognition for innovative storytelling methods.
Maggie’s mandate is to help people to get comfortable with uncertainty so that they play a meaningful part in the future. She is looking for leaders to extend the reach and adoption of a foresight mindset in everyone for everyday decisions.
She has a Master of Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCADU, and also Bachelor of Design, Theatre, Concordia. Maggie is an Association of Professional Futurists 2018 Emerging Fellow.
Related article: WIRED, Making the Futures Present
Thesis: Making the Futures Present
David Buwalda: Making the Futures Present
David Buwalda is a group process facilitator and learning designer working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He’s had the privilege of working around the world leading grassroots social change projects. Recent clients include pastoral communities in East Africa, the Toronto Public Library and UBS bank. David’s background in urban planning and community engagement come together in his current project to bring strategic foresight practices to diverse people in diverse places.