Thinking about the future is a form of storytelling. These stories spread, replicate, evolve and shape our future and can help us in many ways to: avoid danger, set goals or dreams and to make better decisions.
In class, we explored the “Double Variant Method” to future thinking with the given scenario:
What might a Sunday night dinner be?
In response, we came up factors or ‘forces of change’ of this scenario, some of which included:
- What is in the kitchen?
- Hang over
- Money $$
- Massive lunch
- First date
- Body goals
- 24hrs to live
In our group, we drew up our own axis:
Health conscious vs. All-you-can-eat (y-axis) & Break-up vs. First date (x-axis)
Within each quadrant we came up with a variety of answers, some more outrageous than others. The generated scenarios were a combination of personal experiences, stereotypical preconceptions of those certain themes and imagination. It was interesting to compare the similarities and differences across all scenarios (e.g. alcohol seemed to be a common factor in all scenarios) but also to explore the relationship between food habits and dating.