Our Origin Story
In this age of uncertainty, many of us might feel like we are lacking agency to shape our individual futures let alone our shared future. The hegemonic governments & corporations are hugely influencing how our societies function. New, trendy technologies and services come out but is anyone thinking of their long-term impacts on society, particularly for those on the margins? These organizations are practicing foresight systematically in much farther futures than we might behind closed doors, and we aim to democratize foresight to the public, learning how to practice foresight for our communities, cultures, societies and personal lives to ensure our futures are moving in a direction that we actually want. If we want to see more equity, justice, healing, living systems thriving, and less war, discrimination and violence then we've got to foresee it, plan for it and take action on it.
Refer to one of our influences: Theory U, which references the idea that we have found ourselves in this day and age, in a world that none of us actually want - the very planet we live on is struggling, we are going through a mass extinction of species, masses of people do not have basic necessities to survive and thrive on this planet and capitalism has created a competitive, transactional, male-dominated world.
We prompt big questions like:
- What is a goal I have for the future of my community? 10 years out? 30 years out? 70 years out? 200 years out?
- What is my personal preferred future?
- What is the connection between humanity's psychology and our relationship to futures?
- What should we push back against regarding current and emerging technologies, policies or trends because they don't align with our preferred futures? (Should tech companies be able to just put anything out to the market? People buy their products because it's cool and trendy without thinking of the mass social, political, economic impacts if more and more people buy and use them.)
- What is our definition of societal progress? (Is society's progressing if we have driverless cars? What is our criteria for progress?)
- What can we learn from history and ancient wisdom traditions that can inform us about how we go about shaping the future? What can we learn from tapping in to our spirit or soul and listening to its messages?
- What can we do proactively and preemptively to address our concerns for our futures?
We can look deep in ourselves and prompt our own images and narratives of futures we prefer. Images of the future for the world, our countries, our communities, lifestyles, relationships with food, with the Earth, with technology and with each other, with all living things that we would love to experience or that we want to come to fruition for future generations. If we align our visions, values and priorities and, if we couple that with approaches to shape those futures, then we are far better prepared with foresight as one of our tools to determine the future of our world.