Making the Futures Present

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.

WIRED. Design Fiction: A Guide to Ethnographic Experiential Futures

Thesis: Making the Futures Present, Maggie Greyson

Presenters Maggie Greyson & David Buwalda

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Maggie Greyson

Futures Festival Organizer
Maggie Greyson
Designer, Futurist, Writer
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. Presently, 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 Bachelor of Design, Theatre, Concordia. Recognition: Association of Professional Futurists 2018 Emerging Fellow

Contact Maggie Greyson

Email: Consulting website: Twitter: @futurespresent1 LinkedIn: Related article: WIRED, Making the Futures Present Podcast: #TheFutureOf Podcast | Episode 1 | Self disrupt or get disrupted? Thesis: Making the Futures Present

Work cited in Candy, S. and Kornet, K. (2019). Turning Foresight Inside Out: An Introduction to Ethnographic Experiential Futures. Journal of Futures Studies, 23(3): 3–22. Talag, C. (2019). Narrative journeys: Play therapy for emerging adulthood. (final thesis). Master of Arts, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology.

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) session: Making the Futures Present
Association of Professional Futurists

David Buwalda

Making the Futures Present

David Buwalda
Foresight, Facilitation, and Learning Service Provider

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.