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Living Futures:
Scenario Kit

An exciting combination of narrated stories from the future and concrete tools and guides for using them in the present

Explore the whole toolkit and the Living Futures universe on livingfutures.org

This toolkit can help you catalyse change and reclaim the opportunity space in a time of overwhelming complexity, uncertainty, and lack of agency. Living Futures is a one part evocative listening experience and one part toolkit. It provides a thrilling yet safe space for you to understand, discuss, and shape the future together.

The kit is built around a set of four alternative futures set in the year 2050. Each scenario is explored through narrated stories by fictive people living in them. Each story offers a view into the human experience of existing in these societies. The futures are not predictions: They’re extreme, yet plausible, what-if scenarios meant to illustrate how mallable the future really is.

Who is behind Living Futures

Living Futures is funded, developed, and maintained by the Danish Design Center with the support of The Danish Industry Foundation and Udviklings- og Forenklingsstyrelsen. It is based on the input from over 130+ experts from around the world and is made available for anyone to use for free. Living Futures is a living resource that evolves over time. If you are interested in contributing to the future development of the project, please let us know.

Getting started

Living Futures: Scenario Kit is a versatile resource, and its tools and stories can be used to get valuable results in many different ways. We encourage you to experiment with it in order for you to find your favourite applications. It can, however, be a little tough to get started, so we’ve provided a few sample paths.

Recommended paths

Below you’ll find three examples on how to use the scenarios in different situations. Each suggested ‘path’ gives you instructions for what to do before, during, and after you visit the futures. It’s only suggestions — if you’re feeling adventurous feel free to go ahead and explore on your own!

Scenario Design: What We Offer

If you are interested in changing your organization through futures design and scenario design, we’ll gladly help you. We tailor the specific event to your exact needs and situation.

  1. Talk: Listen to the Future
    Book us for an inspirational talk, where you are invited into our scenario universe. The talk can be part of a conference or an independent event, and it can be physical or virtual. This type of event works as a great reference point for future discussions in your organization and as a first step in understanding how future scenarios can create value for you.
  2. Workshop: Touch the Future
    Use a half or full day to get an in-depth experience and new knowledge about your future organization. We’ll take you through relevant exercises and bring you forward in your process. The workshop can be physical or virtual

Reach out to Sara Gry Striegler or Oskar Stokholm Østergaard to hear more about your options.

Oskar Stokholm Østergaard

Design & Futures Lead

Mail osk@ddc.dk
Phone +45 4027 1823
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