Everything we create is bound to life through the act of design. However, to see clearly further than the next revision requires sensitivity and understanding of larger systems at play: macro and micro trends, foresight, business strategy, all blended together with design.
At Nordkapp we've been actively exploring building futures. Many of our designers have a history working with foresight and futures building new inventions and concepts on trends and market data. During the 10 years we've worked under the studio we've done our fair share of public and not-so-public work in this realm.
We've noticed one thing. As technology moves faster, predicting futures has become more difficult to anticipate, and in order to build a plausible future beyond the next PI planning, one needs a robust set of tools to do so. One that doesn’t end up at mapping and clustering at Powerpoint, but has solid mechanisms for delivery and organisational alignment to ensure we’ll get there.
There are foresight and trend analysis tools on the market but we didn't feel any of the available options would work for us, in the way we wanted. So we created our own.
The Actionable Futures Toolkit is a set of canvases made to work for you in building and aligning a future for an organisation, service or a product.
The usage varies regarding the scope and the context, but so far we have run this with a large financial organisation, an advanced R&D unit, a media company and several startups. And it works beautifully. Now we want to share our work with the world, with learnings and instructions how to run the session once, consequently and in parts diving deep into the strategy and business models that make futures real.
The Actionable Futures Toolkit is a modular set of tools that can be run in various ways, from a general tool to discover and ideate futures into a premeditated, repeated and ever focusing exercise to build a vision on one or more business areas. The toolkit can also be used to bring transparency and alignment to any organization through repeated exercises.
The Actionable Futures Toolkit consists of three parts: Worldbuilding, Predictive Analysis and the Optimal Futures. Each of these are laid out on a master canvas with three sections each, tailored for group work.
Would you like to know more about Actionable Futures Toolkit or need some help to facilitate your own Actionable Fututes workshop. Interested about Nordkapp in general?