“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
Futures literacy may be defined as a people’s and organizational capacity to effectively use the future, both in terms of projecting relevant trends and in terms of developing holistic and temporally clear designs for complex and far-reaching challenges. The areas of forecasting, foresight and anticipation offer a range of tools for the development of critical insights into (possible, desirable, viable) futures and transition pathways. These also offer a unique way to transpose these insights into real-world practice. Horizon and trend scanning, visioning, scenario planning and backcasting are some of the time-tested methods of foresight. In recent years however, there is a noticeable rise in more participatory, interactive and experiential modes of anticipation, including futures games.