How it all started



’Making the change for the future’ is a phrase that often causes strong emotions, such as curiosity and anticipation. But it is also frequent that people get confused: they do not understand the concept. 


Moreover, some would not even treat it serious, as to many the idea might sound like some sort of a trick, a charlatanry. After all, nobody can predict the future.






Background


To be honest, we agree with that last statement. However, we believe that future can be designed.



To do it properly, one has to go through a very complex process. The first stage is historical analysis: before we design the future, we need to know the past, be able to comb through various periods looking for reasons that triggered certain social and technological phenomena to appear. It is important at this stage to maintain critical thinking in order to take into account contextual differences.


The next task is to find patterns that govern the behaviour of societies and development of technology. For example, knowing that automatization of work caused by the Second Industrial Revolution caused a massive increase to the general speed of life we could expect something similar to happen in times of Industry 4.0, when robots, self-driving cars, and Artificial Intelligence take over many human activities.

It is also crucial to take a look into contemporary, to get a proper understanding of the current stage of technological development in a given area. This lets us assess the resources we could use to create solutions of present issues.


The last part is acquiring the knowledge of current social, technological, economical, and political trends. It allows us to identify certain points of friction between those areas and decide which of the ideas emerging from these interrelations seem to be the most plausible and beneficial.


The whole process corresponds to the principles of accelerationism: an idea that either the prevailing system of capitalism, or certain technosocial processes that have historically characterised it, should be expanded, repurposed, or accelerated in order to generate radical social change.




We want to convince the others to our point of view.


Challenge


Designing the future is a very responsible process as it applies not only to lives of several billion people but also different species, climate - in general, the whole natural system. Therefore, we need a proper, systemic and collective approach to problem solving. If we want to overcome the challenges posed by the 21st century, all of us need to take action. In order for this to happen, the awareness of dangers and their possible solutions must be spread.


Our mission is to share the knowledge about sustainable development, technologies and trends that could influence the times ahead in a positive way. We believe that this can be done through the popularization of certain tools, especially those that allow anybody to define problems, design solutions and create prototypes.


Therefore we created Futuro, a deck of cards allowing people to collectively design the future based on the principles of sustainable development.



Outcome








Futuro Cards are developed along with the methodology that allows creating solutions using resources provided by new technologies and responding to changing behaviors and trends.


The deck is divided into three segments:


Technology consists of state-of-the-art innovations that have already been applied practically along with a set of particularly promising prototypes.

Trends contain information about tendencies that govern contemporary time and those that will most likely shape the future of a given industry or community.

Sustainable Development Goals is a special set of 17 cards that describe all of Global Goals for Sustainable Development set by the United Nations in 2015. Those will help decision makers to set up a framework of sustainability and provide a set of ethical rules that every future maker should adhere to. 

The idea that involves playing cards in raising awareness about Sustainable Development Goals is already popular in Japan. 2030 SDGs Game is played by thousands during special events and the community increases rapidly, proving that when given tools, people will participate in shaping the future.


The cards are also our idea for an annual report. They are perfect for both small enterprises and big companies, designers, and enthusiasts that seek to understand the sustainable future better. All of the previous decks will be archived and made available to download and print for free once a new issue appears. 



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