Note — May 01, 2022

Looking Back in Time Could Lead Us to Brighter, More Regenerative Futures

I hesitated a bit to include this interview with Alisha Bhagat because it might skew a bit too much towards the practice of futures instead of theories and concepts. However, there are good ideas in there for practitioners (I love the weekly and monthly scanning sessions as a group she mentions). And second, I like collecting these examples of looking at history when considering futures, and it also aligns with the narratives and stories of the previous two above.

I think in cultures where we look more at time as a circle, in which lessons from the past are still important, hold a lot of value. Although these lessons from the past may be reinterpreted to meet the modern day, there's a way in which we could challenge that paradigm and just bring that different mindset into the way we design things now. […]

I think now there is a huge surge in interest in futures and foresight because companies want to be ahead of the next COVID-19. And I think there's also a realization with COVID-19, with the war in Ukraine, that these sorts of disruptions and uncertainties are just going to keep on happening. And greater resilience is obviously needed to cope with those things and be ready. […]

I think there's a need for climate positive visions of the future. And a need for design that is holding two truths: that climate change is really bad and detrimental, but is there something hopeful, or actions that we could feel good about implementing.