Futures Literacy Workshop

An interactive method from UNESCO to deepen our understanding of the future and perceive new opportunities in the present.

“Myths of the Future”

An interactive method helping uncovering the “Myths of the future” that speak to us, in order to take a step back from our attitudes and beliefs about the future

Sustainable open futures

2.11.20 | Rather than a matter of reducing CO2 emissions, sustainability pertains in fact to the nature and structure of relations within a given ecosystem, and is not definable in itself. Thus it acts as a question which can only receive situated, contextual answers. In this way, sustainability can be made a site of empowerment, where awareness for present needs, purposes, and opportunities, replaces setting predetermined targets (such as that of reaching net zero CO2 emissions). This itself represents nothing else but a change of future paradigm: from a future envisioned as a target to be reached in a more or less distant time-space (the naturalized way of thinking about the future in terms of making plans, i.e. forecasting or foresight) to futures envisioned as open-ended processes in the making. Rather than finding orientation for the future, the aim then becomes instead that of keeping futures open.