Futures Practices

Futures thinking is a way to help you understand current trends to help you make decisions right now. It’s not about the future. This first group activity will lay out the concept of futures and provide a starting point for the strand work to come.


Morning scene setting

This is an introductory conversation to set the tone for the conference. Futures thinking requires focused effort from each participant in the process. That doesn’t mean we’re working towards consensus, but rather that we all understand the social contract for the next two days.

Happy coffee

Coffee and resorting

On day two we will still have coffee, but we need to dig and decide what our outcomes are going to be for each track. This amounts to a stand-up meeting at the start of the day. The Institute team will have some results from day one available and will encourage cross-pollination between tracks as …

Happy coffee

Coffee and Sorting

This is our first official meeting. We’ll get name tags sorted out, have a coffee and get to know each other a little bit. In order to be prepared, you might want to do some of the readings from the SSHRC website regarding the futures work we’re going to be doing. We’ll have a quiet …