WORK IN PROGRESS
What we want to achieve:
- Convincing constituents of the need to listen and look beyond one's current reading/construction of reality. It has always been thus, but it is such a counter-intuitive proposition that one would not trust one's own brain or reading of reality as given.
- To make case that the dimension of the future is a contestable ground / projection / way of looking at the present .
- Make participant/viewer aware that there are different approaches towards engaging in anticipation and knowledge creation and how they differ/ are appropriate depending on context and purpose. Nadia's notes: this is Riel's request but I believe it is much too deep for a 5 minute video- we run the risk of repelling viewer and losing whatever interest is raised initially. Its better to entice with less information than overwhelm with too much.
Entice with practical, light information in the form of stories that give a sense of the broad range of ways in which you can and do use the future.
- sharing usable (short, jargon-lite) cases/stories where the future was used with interesting outcomes, and then tie back to practical and theoretical foundations of anticipatory practices: what was achieved, how was it achieved, why did it work?
- broadening the circle of futures/foresight by finding networks investigating/using futures outside of the defined professional community of practice to listen and share methods and process with them at a session during LOTE4.
What action points are there for an audience once they come into contact with different parts of the campaign?
- Participate in a weekly google hangout for people interested in using the future? (who resources this, RF?)
- Contribute a story to a collaboratively produced handbook on using the future?
- Participate in a session on using the future at LOTE4
- Pre-purchase a collaboratively produced handbook on using the future?
1. Futures Knowlab Headlines:
Futures Knowlab participants/organisations who have opted in to the #CountOnMe list are sent one daily email which contains a 1 sentence summary of a high quality blogpost or relevant content which they are requested to share with their wider network via twitter, email, fb or linkedin.
2. Futures Knowlab Hangouts:
1. Secure number of high quality blogposts
Produce series of blogposts: each features story of how future, what came or did not come out of it, what they learned and what participants learned…and tie to theory/ heuristic knowledge of foresight/anticipation.
- work with kids in Sierra Leone (Kewulay Kamara)
- the community trying to ask better questions of politicians in Tanzania (Aidan Eyakuze)
- The story of the displacement of a community in Peru (Mario Bazan)
- The most highly anticipated events that were never addressed in time: Yugoslavia (Ivana Milojecvic), Rwanda (Aidan Eyakuze), Ebola (Dalia Haj Omar)
- Ask Participants to produce one blogpost around using the future in the contexts within which they operate : design, evaluation, philanthropy, policy, politics, business, and international developnent
2. Get the \#countonme list going
We’re prototyping a new way to stay up to date on the futures related work and insights that are happening amongst participants in the Futures Knowlab and beyond. Here’s how it will work, and how you can share updates about your work with other members of the community.
Every day, we’ll send you an email with 1 piece of futures related content sourced from the community. You can read a quick update from projects, click through if you want to know more, and share with your colleagues and networks if you want to help the piece get more exposure.
To get your updates out to everyone just reply to the daily email with a sentence or two about what’s going on in your practice and a URL if you have one, and it will go out the following day. Your update can be anything you want the community to know or share with their networks. Maybe you just finished some great work and you want to share it, you want to publicise your project, or you’re stuck on something and need some help.
Perpetual beta means this is a test and we’ll tweak it as we go, but you’ll be able to opt out any time if you don’t want the extra updates.
3. Invite participants to build the Futures weekly google hangout concept
prepare invitations out to weekly hangout: futures hangout e.g
- Who can use the future? (Nathaniel)
- The tension between using the future for sensemaking and using the future for action (Nadia)
- Skin in the game: The ethics of engagement and the illusion of control
- futurefail: 3 cases where anticipation failed us and what we can learn from them
- 1 Edited 5 minute video using footage from participants during knowlab
- 1 edited 5 minute video not using footage from partcipants during knowlab
- 2 articles by Nathaniel James: a) "how to use the future" and b) "foresight for noobs."
- LOTE4 activities:
- Develop a futures literacy toolkit hackathon project
- A 3-hour session at \#lote4