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Time travel and save the world with
speculative design

Future Scouting Hub

Time travel and save the world with speculative design

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A multi—future time machine in a book!

By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to pluck an invention from one of the many tomorrows—and you won’t need expert forecasting or complex data analysis skills to do it.

Future Scouting is a fun and practical step-by-guide guide to speculative design—using science fiction world-building techniques to create future artefacts that inspire change today.

Drawing on the great work of Future Studies and speculative design practitioners past and present, Future Scouting combines tools from product design, design thinking, life-centred design, and science fiction, to get you saving the world and back to the present well before the next pandemic.


A multi—future time machine in a book!

By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to pluck an invention from one of the many tomorrows—and you won’t need expert forecasting or complex data analysis skills to do it.

Future Scouting is a fun and practical step-by-guide guide to speculative design—using science fiction world-building techniques to create future artefacts that inspire change today.

Drawing on the great work of Future Studies and speculative design practitioners past and present, Future Scouting combines tools from product design, design thinking, life-centred design, and science fiction, to get you saving the world and back to the present well before the next pandemic.

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The game sheets and cards for Future Scouting

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Scientists have created a wormhole to alternate futures!

To help steer humanity toward a better tomorrow, you—a Future Design Scout—will be sent forward in time to design with future technologies. Your mission is to bring back an invention that keeps the world aligned with a common Key Value (kindness, empathy, privacy, etc).

A game of fast design, Future Scouting combines speculative design with designing for values. You’ll ideate, sketch, and review and sabotage other Scouts in your quest to design the invention that best enables the Key Value.

Play the team design game

The game sheets and cards for Future Scouting

Scientists have created a wormhole to alternate futures!

To help steer humanity toward a better tomorrow, you—a Future Design Scout—will be sent forward in time to design with future technologies. Your mission is to bring back an invention that keeps the world aligned with a common Key Value (kindness, empathy, privacy, etc).

A game of fast design, Future Scouting combines speculative design with designing for values. You’ll ideate, sketch, and review and sabotage other Scouts in your quest to design the invention that best enables the Key Value.

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Inventions from around the world

View inventions produced by the Future Scouting game, as shared by Future Scouts from around the world.

Does where we live affect our idea of what is possible?

Inventions from around the world

View inventions produced by the Future Scouting game, as shared by Future Scouts from around the world.

Does where we live affect our idea of what is possible?

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Future Scouting is a Designing Futures project by UX Designer/sci-fi author Damien Lutz.

Wormhole icon by ProSymbols from the Noun Project. Hologram icon by Julien Deveaux from the Noun Project.

Future Scouting is a Designing Futures project by UX Designer/sci-fi author Damien Lutz.

Wormhole icon by ProSymbols from the Noun Project. Hologram icon by Julien Deveaux from the Noun Project.