A design and futures studio that opens up new directions for organizations by bridging design and innovation processes with futures thinking.

Our perspective: We think long-term about the impacts our clients will have. We deconstruct the present to envision alternatives. We invite others to challenge our assumptions and ideas. We consider the unintended consequences of our work.

Services

Futures Projects

Our futures projects engage with near and long-term challenges and opportunities facing organizations. They often involve deconstructing the present reality to assess the root causes of an issue and catalyzing new thinking to envision alternative possibilities. Experimentation and innovating with purpose are key in this work to ensure we think systemically about the consequences, the values, and the larger futures organizations want their innovations to contribute to, as well as open up multiple pathways for action through experimentation. 

  • Understand the future needs of your customers
  • Stress test your offerings against future uncertainties
  • Assess how big trends will impact your future
  • Experiment with future concepts

Client examples:

Wikimedia Foundation: Futures of work, futures of belonging, concept development

Philips: Futures of healthcare, trend analysis, scenario thinking, innovation strategy

Development Programs

This work equips individuals and organizations with the foresight mindsets and capabilities to make sense of an unpredictable future. We embed the skills to anticipate shifts in the larger world and what innovations those new contexts might demand, alongside a focus on the responsibility of envisioning and acting towards desirable futures. Development programs can also center on anticipating the impacts and responses of a key decision an organization is primed to make. 

  • Shift mindsets and company culture to be future facing
  • Think radically about what change is possible
  • Explore what it means to innovate with purpose

Client examples:

SwissLife: Innovating in the face of COVID-19, leadership development

IKEA: Future products, future needs, concept development

Experiences

Experiences range from speaking engagements to immersive simulations that speculate on the impacts of future events. These experiences invite audiences and participants to explore what is changing in the present, what might change in the future, and critically, the values that inform these shifts.

  • Inspire and learn of future possibilities
  • Build excitement around an organizational shift
  • Understand individual and collective agency towards the future

Client examples:

Bayer: Futures of healthcare, keynote

Baloise Group: Futures of insurance, immersive exhibition


Work

The World Economic Forum

Envisioning futures of belonging

We developed and ran a yearlong project for the World Economic Forum examining what it means for their organization to design for belonging across North America, Europe and Asia. This included collectively diagnosing present day barriers to belonging, visioning work to imagine alternatives that overcome those barriers and developing tools to design for belonging across interpersonal, organizational and systemic scales. This work sets the foundation for their commitment to building equitable practices and policies in the everyday work of The Forum.

SwissLife

Anticipating the impacts of COVID-19

We worked with SwissLife to anticipate the impacts of COVID-19 on their organization and develop new practices to innovate in response. This development program lasted 6 months working alongside a leadership cohort to embed a futures thinking lens on how they made sense of and responded to their present challenges and opportunities. The work resulted in a set of key scenarios for leadership to consider, 14 innovation propositions to experiment with, and new foresight capabilities to leverage within the organization. This work was in partnership with WDHB.

Hermès

Inspiring their sustainability journey

We created a sustainability-led experience for Hermès to explore the past, present and future mindsets that can build more sustainable practices. These briefings unpacked alternative ways to think about materials use, business models, and engaging with communities to offer inspiration and frameworks that can catalyze new forms of experimentation. These briefings were delivered throughout the year at key global events within the company to support their design and communication strategies.


Expertise

Our expertise comes from bridging design and innovation processes with futures thinking. Contact us for case studies and to discuss working together.

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