What should we focus on today to design for tomorrow?

The Future Thinking Toolkit

The challenge

The world is constantly changing. New technologies are shifting people’s behaviour. How might we handle today’s complexity and uncertainty to shape a desirable future?

 

The result

We anticipating change with the Future Thinking method. With a collaborative and creative approach we explore possible futures, unpack tomorrow’s trends and identify new opportunities. To finally create a vision that guides your organisation through the unpredictable future.

 

Imagine it´s 2040. A new technology has transformed the way we communicate. Climate Change affects the way we eat, travel and live. A lot of jobs have become substituted by smart AI. Now come back to the present and imagine you are an organisation trying to prepare for the future. How would you change today’s actions with your newly gained insights?

 

Take an active role in creating your desirable future.

Let's try not to be a passive observer of emerging trends and compulsively chasing the newest hypes. The complexity of today calls for a different way of thinking. We at FLUID want to create meaningful and long lasting impact. We need to make conscious decisions and create longterm strategies together with our clients. Future Thinking is a powerful tool to achieve that.

 

What is Future Thinking?

In a nutshell: Future Thinking is about exploring alternative futures. We cannot predict the future and find the answer for “what will happen”. But we can - and should - explore possible futures and ask which one is most desirable. Asking the big “What if..? “ question enables us to shape the future proactively. This puts us in a much better position than just observing and reacting to trends and disruptions once they become apparent. 

 

Why Future Thinking?

Our approach

With Future Thinking we do not mean to predict what’s next, but rather equip you with a methodology to design a desirable future. We combined the best methods from different disciplines such as strategic foresight, holistic management and speculative design into a structured process framework. Workshop exercises that alternate analytic and creative thinking will help you leverage your team’s inherent knowledge and intuition to define a vision and a strategy for a better future. By using the Future Thinking Toolkit you can expand your knowledge and explore the future playground.

The Future Thinking Toolkit is a creative foresight framework as well as a workshop format. It includes methods and canvases that guide you through the 3-step process of creating a desirable future vision and a strategy to achieve that.

 

Design your vision collaboratively - Where do we see ourselves in the next years?

We help you to answer this question using images of the future. The Future Thinking Workshop enables you to define a vision in a participatory process. We firstly establish a deep self-reflection on your own values and wishes and secondly gain insights about signals that surround us. By addressing those trends and wishes, we can learn to cope with the future’s uncertainty and accepting its unpredictability.

Future Thinking Card Game

Create possible future scenarios far beyond the probable ‚business as usual‘ with the Future Thinking Card deck. With this playful approach we are able to inspire and imagine together as a team your future world, which does not yet exist.

Future Thinking Card Game

Create possible future scenarios far beyond the probable ‚business as usual‘ with the Future Thinking Card deck. With this playful approach we are able to inspire and imagine together as a team your future world, which does not yet exist.

Thinking ahead is messy!

Future Thinking is not about looking into a crystal ball and waiting for a predicted prophecy to come true. It´s about anticipating change and taking an active role. With Future Thinking we can build a sustainable and optimistic future mindset collectively, which leads to your future proof strategy.

The future is not waiting for us!
Clarify your vision today to create your future.

Interested in applying the Future Thinking Toolkit together with us? Then contact us here.

Methods
  • Future Thinking
  • Speculative Design 
  • Strategic Foresight
  • User Experience Design
  • Trend Studies
  • Design Ideation Workshops
  • Qualitative Testing
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