co-written by Maggie Greyson and Kate Ruff Assistant Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University; Lead, Common Approach to Impact Measurement
Both Maggie and David are huge fans of Kate Ruff, Leader of the Common Approach to Impact Measurement. Luckily for Maggie, the two have been friends most of their lives. We just published our first professional collaboration to inspire those ready to think post-pandemic. In this first post they describe the process so that you too can try it - whatever your field.
The Making Futures Present technique is a lighter approach and introduction to foresight work. It is well suited to small organizations and individuals because it draws on the proprietor’s creativity and lived knowledge. It is a simple, structured process for helping individuals to tap-into their own expectations, understandings, desires and opportunities. The process involves setting some parameters that create a safe space to explore the future, answering three questions, and engaging your senses to help you to imagine the future you want to come to life in the present.
Here's what the Making Futures Present activity looks like, but we suggest reading the whole article.
3 simple questions
1. What do you expect the future to be like?
2. What is unlikely?
3. What if the future is better than expected?
Remember the ground rules
1. You are going to survive and thrive in the future
2. Talk is safe.
3. There are no facts about the future.
Pick something practical you would use in the future and create a quick sketch or physical-tactile model of it to help you connect emotionally to the future that you want in the present.