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Workshop: “Myths of the Future”

An interactive method (comprising a quiz, a spatial map of the future, exchanges among participants, and creative work) to explore the archetypal narratives of the future and become both more imaginative and more critical about the future.


Myths of the future: 6 archetypal stories of the future

Did you know that the futures we imagine can be roughly divided into six archetypal future narratives, or "Myths of the Future"?

Curious to know more? Two possibilities:

Take the quiz (12 questions, 5 min) and find out which

Myths of the Future speak to you the most:

Or read the description of the six myths here (spoiler alert*):

The six myths of the future

* You won't be able to do the quiz in the same way once you've read the myths!

Note: the term "Myth" does not reflect a value judgment (it is not synonymous with "illusion"), but is related to the fact that the original research comes from cultural theory.

The method in two words

This workshop combines experiential discovery - with a quiz and a map of the future on the floor - collective intelligence and creativity. Its duration is according to needs from 1.45 to 4 hours (see 'My offer' below).

Becoming more imaginative and critical about the future

In my practice, I use these six Myths of the Future for their ability to make us both more imaginative and more critical about the future.

Once we have identified and objectified these archetypal narratives of the future, we can indeed recombine these narratives in a different way and produce new ones, both more original and more desirable.

This workshop will

for a sustainable future

of the institution by 2050.

My offer

Offer a session to your team or your audience with the complete questionnaire (24 to 30 questions) and a time for sharing and exchange (1h45), or the full version with creative time (3-4h).

Perfect as a team-building exercise (1h45-3h), to start envisioning the future of your organisation (3-4h), or for your audiences,

on a theme of their choice (1h45-4h).

A bit of background

The research on Myths of the future stems from findings in social cognition and cultural theory concerning patterns of shared values and beliefs about society and the environment and how they relate to each other (Myths of physical and human nature).

Slide to the “Myths of the future” from my introductory course. The painting is from Le Douanier Rousseau (1891).

A survey in 24 to 30 questions helps the workshop participants uncover the Myths of the future that most speak to them.

The aim of the survey (and its embodiement through the floor map) is not so much to categorize the participants in one or the other “myth” (who generally respond to various “myths”) but to provide them with a way to take a step back from their attitudes and beliefs about the future and open up alternative images and ideas about what may come.

Subsenquently, participants are asked to position themselves on a floor map of the future based on the research. In this way becomes visible that everyone share a diffferent view on the future. The workshop continues to foster exchange of views among participants by providing many specific successive moments for group conversations.


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