Daniel Riveong

Participatory Futures for Better Governance

From Black Mirror to Brexit, societies across the globe are facing increasing distrust of institutions, socio-economic polarization, and the dominance of dystopian imagery. Our images of the present and the future are leading us towards decay. This status quo cannot stand.

To counter this, Nesta, the innovation foundation, commissioned the Action Foresight’s Global Swarm to explore how participatory futures might offer alternative and emerging methodologies to bring people together to envision alternatives and desirable futures.

We look at participatory futures as a medium for people to think (and feel) differently, openly, and critically about the future together – to create constructive, participatory, and radical changes.

To date, we have developed multiple typologies to help us better understand participatory futures – specifically around how, when, and what kind to use. Looking at over 300 case studies from Bangladesh to Mexico, we explored why and how such approaches are put into practice as well as what they can and might produce, including both preferred and unexpected outcomes.

The FutureFestival will be our first-time showcasing our work. Here, we hope to continue the conversation and explore participatory futures with FuturesFestival attendees and discuss its capacity for radical transformations.


Daniel Riveong is an award-winning futurist and recovering digital strategist. He has worked with a full range of foresight projects in the UK to Malaysia, covering areas innovation toolkits to informing long-term strategic planning. Daniel’s research focus includes future of food, Global South futures, post-capitalism, and futures literacy. He previously led a digital consultancy in Malaysia and co-piloted a data science school in Jakarta.

Keywords: Sense of place; Thriving communities; Transparency, New models, New alternative systems

Email address: daniel@pluralfutures.com

Project website: https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/toward-more-participatory-futures/

Twitter: @riveong

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