by Elizabeth Ononiwu
A foundational activity in foresight practice is to open yourself to challenging your own assumptions. So David and I sought out the most critical minds we could find. We went to the Journalism program at Centennial College and asked them to challenge Futures Present about what we say we do for our clients. We hosted several foresight workshops with them (see the post called Live Challenge) and needless to say our exchanges with these strong communicators were very insightful. Elizabeth Ononiwu captured the testimonials of their experience and it is published here unedited.
Centennial College’s Storyworks students share their experience working as Futures Present journalists
Beginning January 2019 at Story Arts Center, four journalism students, Mary An, Margaryta Ignatenko, Carolyn Pioro and Elizabeth Ononiwu have been working with Maggie Greyson and David Buwalda to create compelling content for their company “Futures Present”.
Over the past 14-weeks, the four students got the opportunity to be immersed in the world of foresight, future and design by participating in a live challenge, interviewing professionals involved with foresight design, and getting to walk through their own Futures Present exercise. Below are the testimonials of the of the journalism students:
Margaryta Ignatenko – “I'm grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Futures Present. This opportunity has highlighted the value journalists hold as "sense-makers" in our society.
by Maggie Greyson
I wrote this article as part of series for the Association of Professional Futurists Emerging Fellows program. It is easy to find reasons to motivate citizens of planet Earth, but a list of downward descending arguments creates shame and anger. I want to provide examples of leadership that can scale. I want to inspire your everyday contributions with the philosophy of a grandmother in Africa, an architect who builds beautiful temporary and permanent shelters, and a policy that up-cycles tires.
by Maggie Greyson, Nate Gerber, Howard Tam and David Buwalda
David and I teamed up with the inspiring Nate Gerber and brave founder Howard Tam of ThinkFresh Group on this article about engaging ambiguity through speculative design. Each of us has a passion for designing experiences for learning that reach your heart. We share the perspective that future building begins with the individual, but it is human to experience a fear of the future that seems blurry, menacing, and unknowable. So, if there are no facts about the future then we each have a terrific opportunity to learn strategy and grow personally by playing with provocative hypotheticals.
Futures Present and ThinkFresh have a way to bring some inspiration to future narratives by to creating tangible interaction of the future with artifacts and experiences. We could tell you about how this works, or you can read the article and give it a try yourself!
This article was published in Rough Draft Magazine, an initiative of the Faculty of Communication and Design’s Creative Zones at Ryerson University in Toronto.
See the full article at: https://roughdraft.review/futures-wisdom-engaging-ambiguity-through-speculative-design-b6b609bcd05c