"Any useful idea about the futures should appear to be ridiculous. Because new technologies permit new behaviors and values, challenging old beliefs and values which are based on prior technologies, much that will be characteristic of the futures is initially novel and challenging. It typically seems at first obscene, impossible, stupid, 'science fiction,' ridiculous. And then it becomes familiar and eventually 'normal.'"
— Jim Dator, 'What Futures Studies Is, and Is Not', 1995
Everyone has ideals.
But when it comes to exploring possible futures, we should stay as far away as possible from our own values, beliefs and preferences. Evaluation and judgment can come later. We are interested in discovering "preferable futures," but we should keep in mind that what is preferable to some may become a harsh reality to others.
Everyone has biases.
These must be challenged when building futures, as something that strays from our preferences in life may bear unexpected yet useful perspectives. In the spirit of exploration, we encourage people to change lenses and use role-play to explore new ideas and build empathy.
Everyone has blind spots
These must be acknowledged to avoid missing essential parts of the picture. Issues being ignored, consciously or not, shape the way our world functions. This is also an essential part of any vision of the future. And we must ask: which issues might be ignored, by whom, and how does it affect society?