We are happy to notice that there are several other likeminded future(s) explorers and designers out there, who as we do, feel strongly about the importance of giving the many possible futures that might await us a face. In our foresight and (en)visioning activities at Pantopicon we continuously invest in new, different, better ways to create, use and study ‘experiencable futures‘, experiences carefully designed to enable people to reflect upon and respond to what certain future scenarios might look and feel like, might mean to them, their organizations, their environment, their products/services, policies and strategies etc.
Besides the different ways and means to bring the future to life (e.g. diaries of the future, future newsbulletins, future advertising, vision movies, future artefacts to name but a few of the ones we are using in our projects), there are also methodological issues involved in crafting and using them in foresight and (en)visioning activities, that require attention and study. Our overseas colleague Jason over at IFTF did a great job in describing their evolution and realization of the need for more structural discussion and collaborative learning on the topic of what he calls ‘human future interaction‘, or what we sometimes refer to as ‘experiencable futures‘ or ‘futures experiences‘.
As the environment warms up to the future, we look forward to further fascinating endeavours and discussion in this area, so stay tuned.