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Geraldine de Bastion

Manifesto | Why Create a Handbook to Desirable Futures?

14/02/2021

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In the past few years a group of science fiction authors and enthusiasts, designers, policy analysts, researchers and activists, from different disciplines interested in exploring futures, has gathered different methodologies, approaches and concepts of designing future scenario-building. Our aim with this publication is to share these experiences and methods in a format that allows others to work with them and adapt them for their working contexts. We also wish to share back to our communities who have actively contributed to Designing Tomorrow/s. This handbook will be an open source publication.

Most of all we wish to enable radical and open minded thought about the future and create agency – we do not live in a predetermined world, powerless to shape what’s coming but that we have the ability to imagine positive futures in order to actually build the world we want to live in.

Fiction / Fact / Fiction / Fact / The content of this digital publication crosses boundaries by combining different genres: We have collected, worked with and refined different methodologies and written them up as hands-on guidelines of how to design (desirable) futures. These methodologies and the case studies of their use are at the core of the handbook. In order for us to open our minds and imagine the future as we want it, this publication also includes science fiction short stories, academic essays, graphic and design contributions.

Our target audiences are professionals in academic institutions, companies, NGOs, foundations in management positions, and the wider interested community. Whether you are a manager in a company, an academic or a designer, this book will equip you with tools and ideas you can apply to your work.