The future is born in the imagination of individuals

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The future is born in the imagination of individuals. But many people, when faced with the prospect of the future, feel powerless. We should think about the future beyond dystopia and design bold, alternative futures that motivate us to work towards our preferred future.

New Silk Roads offers futures thinking courses focusing on imagining alternative futures. Through gamification, hands-on activities, and imagination sessions, course participants acquire specific futures thinking skills—such as signal identification, backcasting, foresight, and scenario-building—and apply these skills to a selected topic of focus. Through collaborations with artists and content creators the stories about preferred alternative futures will be communicated to a wider audience.

Are you excited about developing preferred future scenarios for your company, your organization, or your community? Get in touch.

Course brief

2020-12-18

What If Waste Did Not Exist?

Imagining the Tunis Medina in 2050?

New Silk Roads offered a one-day, futures thinking intensive course where participants boldly imagined preferred futures for waste management in the historic medina of Tunis. Through gamification, hands-on activities, and arts-based facilitation, the participants developed specific futures thinking skills, such as signal identification, backcasting, and foresight. Participants then used these skills to collectively imagine their preferred future scenarios for waste management in the Tunis Medina. This course was delivered to a diverse group of experienced professionals from the private sector, academia, civil society, local governments, and the arts community.

This course has been organised in partnership with Blue Fish and Dar Ben Gacem and made possible by Hivos and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Course brief

2021-04-01

Future of Farming in Egypt

How can we imagine bold futures for organic farming in Egypt?

Designed for a diverse group of experienced professionals, this one-day, intensive course was initiated to imagine radically different futures for farming in Egypt.

This intensive course utilized two interlinked approaches, gamification and scenario building to explore principles of futures thinking and work with participants to develop key futures thinking skills, such as signal identification, backcasting, strategic foresight, and scenario-building. The course also included scenario building sessions designed and facilitated by a team of creatives. These sessions deployed theatre and dramatic storytelling, choreography and embodied movement, and visual arts-based collective mapping, respectively, to unlock imaginative processes and collectively explore a range of preferred, possible futures for food production in Egypt.

This course has been organised in partnership with Rdna and KMT House.