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Ramila Khafaji Zadeh and Justien Marseille

A better understanding of how we anticipate

Thinking about the future influences the decisions we make in the present. There are several ways to think about the future. By nature, we lean toward one dominant image of the future. Based on that image of the future, we then make decisions in the present. The problem is that we tend to overlook other possibilities and keep making the same choices.

During this workshop, you will be introduced to the 21st-century skill of futures literacy, which introduces a different way of thinking and experiencing the future. What do we think the future looks like? And how do we hope what it looks like? The answers to these two questions tend to be very different, but why is that so? Embracing the uncertainty of the future allows you to take ownership of something that is not yet there. This sounds almost paradoxical or impossible. After all, how can you use a future that does not yet exist to innovate now? What happens when we are open to exploring the future and don’t let complexity and assumptions from the present paralyse us?

Through dialogue, collective intelligence, systemic thinking and imagination, you will be guided through a journey into the future only to return to the present with a pair of fresh eyes.

KEYWORDS: futures literacy, discipline of anticipation, systemic co-design, serious gaming

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Expertisenetwerk Systemisch Co-design




Citation Data

Author(s): Ramila Khafaji Zadeh and Justien Marseille
Year: 2023
Title: Futures Literacy and Systemic Co-design: Voyage to 2070
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Amsterdam, NLD
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 3 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404