This site documents tested, adaptable and reusable processes and outcomes so anyone can facilitate real and productive conversations about the future, even among people with widely different points of view.




Living scenarios

What do people think about the future?

Participation is encouraged and organised by visualising a future Australia through the lens of four ‘archetype’ scenarios:

Tokyo 3337Growth

Stories of this type are about continuation of the economic growth that has occurred in the developed world over the past 200 years. Other things might also grow including population, the size of urban or agricultural areas, and resources used.

The Japanese GardenRestraint

Future stories of this type involve exercising discipline to address aspects of the present that may lead to undesirable outcomes in the future. The focus of this discipline is, in most cases, sustainable use of natural resources.

pollution - Beth FultonCatastrophe

Futures of this type are about the loss of many aspects of society that we value. Catastrophe futures might emerge because good intentions don’t work out as planned or because of direct destruction of desirable aspects of society.


Futures of this type are about fundamental changes for the better (undesirable changes fall under “catastrophe”). Transformations might be big technological leaps, and/or major changes in attitudes, policies, and practices in relation to the environment, inequity, governance, or industries.

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Putting it into practice

‘Foresight 2050’ was held in Adelaide over 3 days in October 2016 where 50 Australians from diverse backgrounds were invited to imagine scenarios that explored the range of possible challenges for Australians in the future. Foresight 2050 was guided by expert facilitators: José Ramos, Action Foresight and Victoria University (VIC), designer Bridgette Engeler of Swinburne… Read More

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To compliment the Adelaide Foresight 2050 experience and show case local talent, visual artists Thom Buchanan, Christian Lock and Greg Donovan, working with a small team of UniSA students, created a street mural to reflect the workshop discussions. The structured conversations were interpreted and recorded in the works and participants were provided with visual updates… Read More

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Post Dining co-producers Hannah Rohrlach and Stephanie Daughtry delighted our senses with their food experiences themed to the four archetypes under discussion at Adelaide Foresight 2050. Over two days Hannah and Stephanie provided more than mere refreshment. Their offerings both stimulated and complimented each scenario discussion, making for a memorable and enjoyable experience. Growth Afternoon… Read More

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Read more about our event during the 2016 Open State Festival