We help you to better understand your changing future context, create a compelling vision, and chart paths for getting there
Foresight methods allow us to take a proactive approach to anticipating and shaping the future. We can help you understand your role in a complex future context, develop a vision, and to take concrete steps towards the future you want to build.
A vision for bio-based building in the Dutch countryside
Dutch architecture firm Kumiki is working on a new paradigm for bio-based building. Through a series of futures workshops, we helped them see the bigger picture and articulate what role they want to play in realising a future where nature, humans and agriculture can coexist in the Dutch countryside. We identified trends and created scenarios for 2045, articulated a vision, and through backcasting identified concrete milestones and steps for the Kumiki team.See project
Mapping consumer vulnerability in the UK energy sector
We worked with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks to explore how their innovation projects can better meet the needs of future vulnerable energy users. We used horizon scanning to identify drivers of vulnerability for future customers and told stories of new forms of vulnerability that SSEN might have to respond to, and can start preparing for today. These sources of vulnerability ranged from shifts in people's values and personal resilience, to changes in their homes, energy systems and new ways communities will connect for collective resilience.See project
We uncover your audience or community’s needs, hopes and fears, now and in the future
Today’s problems are messy and complex, with many interacting actors and values systems. We have a background in rigorous user experience and human-centered design methodologies, but we’re also not afraid to experiment to learn with hard to reach communities.
Uncovering Scottish attitudes to healthcare data-sharing
Nesta and the Scottish Government asked us to help them understand how future Scottish citizens might feel about the sharing of their Health and Care data. Their aim was to better address the hopes and fears of citizens when designing future digital healthcare services. We re-examined four previous mixed methods consultations with Scottish citizens (from young people and the general public, to queer communities and those with experiences of social care) to develop a set of 7 relationships that diverse future citizens may have with their health and care data.See project
What does sustainability mean to grocery-shoppers?
Eva investigated this question for digital supermarket Picnic. Through combining primary research (open-ended interviews with customers) and existing literature, she identified the diverging attitudes shoppers have towards sustainability, their readiness to change their behaviour, and barriers they face to make more sustainable choices. These insights were the starting point for two full-day workshops dedicated to imagining Picnic’s future role in the transition towards more sustainable food consumption, informing Picnic’s overarching sustainability strategy.
We bring to life research and project outcomes to increase their reach and impact. This can be an exhibition, website, game, or visual report
Thoughtfully designed experiences can go beyond information-sharing, and provoke reflection, conversation, connection, empathy and action. We start by understanding your mission, audience and context, before developing a unique creative response.
An inspiring vision for everyday democracy
We helped Nesta build an inspiring and shareable vision for the future of everyday democracy in the UK. For a sector that is disconnected and often works in silos, this was the first step of building a network to scale local innovation. We brought together 18 democratic innovators for visioning workshops and developed an interactive website showcasing their projects and a shared vision for the kinds of future they want to build together.See project
A digital card game for geoscience
In the middle of COVID-19 there was a sudden drop off of high quality activities to engage young people with science. Meeting online was a new phenomenon, and nobody knew how to do it well. We collaborated with Imperial College’s Earth Science and Engineering Department to make a scalable online game to teach young people the essentials of geoscience, and spark their interest in a career in the field.See project
We realise custom activations in the form of workshops, street theatre and (pop-up) exhibitions to engage your team, community or audience around a topic
Whether you’re looking to kick-off a conference, boost the impact of your research, or engage people with your mission on the streets of London, we’ll find an approach to suit. The best activations are surprising and joyous with a substantive heart.
Playful introduction to systems change and team collaboration
The Dutch Design Foundation’s interchanges programme aims to bring people together to get to the root of systems challenges, and to catalyse meaningful new collaborations. We were invited to run a set of fun public workshops on systems challenges as part of an event with live music, speakers and drinks. By building precarious cardboard models, we used balance as a metaphor to playfully explore the needs of a system, and the power of each individual to stabilise or re-orientate the whole.Read more
Immersive experience on cultured meat
New Harvest is an organisation that funds scientific research into Cultured Meat alternatives. As part of their public engagement strategy they wanted to better understand changing public perception around cultured meat. We ran a pop-up restaurant of the future, inviting unlikely suspects into a dining experience, scientist talks, and workshop conversations to explore their changing values sets around eating cultures meat.See project