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Designing Narratives & Evoking Change

scenario design ddc
27 May
1 June 2022
Date May 27 — Jun 1, 2022
Time May 27, 30, 31 & June 1 (four full days)
Event type Course
Price €2.000 – €3.000 (excl. VAT). See early bird and non-profit pricing below
Location DDC – Danish Design Center
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How to explore alternative futures, engage the collective imagination, and find new paths forward

Join us for four days of high-level, intensive, training as we explore the ideas, methods, and relationships that can help us imagine, design and bring to life a joyous and sustainable future.

We can’t predict the future, but with the use of design, storytelling, and scenarios we can explore multiple alternative futures, giving us new perspectives on the issues and opportunities we face or might face in years to come. We can open up the opportunity space, we can define the future we want, and we can identify the actions we can take to bring us on the path of getting there. These approaches let you explore who you strive to be, they help you identify and deliver on the need for change within and around you, and they can support you in shaping the impact you want to have on the future.

It is clear: We need to imagine radically different alternatives to avoid extinction and societal collapse. We desperately need new narratives to guide us on our path forward: As individuals, as organizations, as communities, and as societies. To tackle the systemic issues we’re facing we need to train ourselves to think beyond short term problem solving and also consider the long term perspectives. We need images of the future and cold facts and projections simply won’t cut it alone. If we’re to make it — we need to fuel the engine of human emotion, creativity, and storytelling.

About the course

During the course, you’ll learn: 

  • Design- and scenario-based approaches to navigate uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity and inspire systems change
  • You will train your ability to move back and forth between the present to the far future — and between concrete situations and abstract systems
  • Throughout the course, we’ll give you the tools to deploy these approaches in your own practice — be it as a designer, innovator, facilitator, or decision-maker
  • You learn how future scenarios are created and how you can take them from abstract ideas to living worlds that inspire specific and tangible actions across networks of stakeholders
  • We provide concrete tools and examples as well as inspiration from the fields of transition design and speculative design

Learn from:

The method

Speculative- and futures-based design is a way to work with some of the bigger societal challenges we are facing — often in the form of scenarios. By the use of scenarios and the process connected to scenario planning, we can explore different futures and backtrace, to get some more tangible steps we can take towards bigger changes in our society.

In scenarios we don’t need to be restricted by what is possible now, but can experiment with ideas where the products and services are yet to be invented. This gives a more creative space to innovate in. This can be a great method to use, when you want to work with creating systemic change and diverse groups of stakeholders.

Tools we’ll introduce

During the hands-on course you’ll familiarize yourself with tools and ideas that you can use in your own innovation practice:

  • How to harness the power of social dreaming
  • How to build alternative futures together and use them strategically
  • How to identify risks and opportunities across future scenarios
  • How to build a practice of continually scanning the horizon for change
  • How to use imaginary futures in launching design-driven missions for system-level change
  • How to utilize design as a way to speculate and ask critical questions

We hope you want to join us in exploring some of the concepts that we see shaping a new paradigm of futures-oriented design aimed towards system-level change. All while getting a chance to meet and connect with interesting people from all around.

Practical information

The course is intensive, besides plenary sessions it also includes both individual and group work as well as 1:1 sparring sessions with members of the faculty. The course runs over four days with a weekend in-between to allow for light homework.

Beyond the training sessions, the course will also include several optional social networking opportunities with course mates incl. a dinner on Friday, May 27th.


Pricing (excl. VAT)

  • Regular: €3000
  • Regular, early bird: €2500*
  • Nonprofit/public/edu: €2500
  • Nonprofit/public/edu, early bird: €2000*

*Early bird requires registration at least 50 days in advance

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Please use this form to request a seat and we’ll get back to you with a final confirmation.

Oskar Stokholm Østergaard

Design & Futures Lead

Phone +45 4027 1823
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Do you have any questions about the course?

Sara Gry Striegler

Program Director

Phone +45 6110 4778
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