Agile futures for transformative change: Lessons from envisioning positive climate futures emerging from the pandemic in Ontario

Crises like the pandemic may create windows of opportunity for transformative change, such as the systemic change required to address the climate crisis. Can futuring help capture this opportunity?

We aimed to create a transformative space that builds inspiration and shared commitment for climate action while exploring the unique inflection point created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, we constructed a creative participatory futuring process for participants involved in climate action in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region (Canada) to imagine desirable futures emerging from the crisis. Because we needed to move quickly and accommodate pandemic-related constraints to explore this unique moment in time, we also aimed to reflect on considerations for an agile futures practice in service of transformative change.

Through a virtual workshop and surveys, participants envisioned future worlds in which “seeds” of positive climate futures emerging during COVID-19 become mainstream. They wrote science fiction stories of characters navigating those worlds. Observing artists depicted the futures through visual art. Participants were inspired and learned a new tool to capture opportunity in crisis.

The scenarios were made in:

2020

The scenarios look out to:

2072

Project facts

Canada

Ontario

2020

Submitted by:

Anita Lazurko

Project leader

24 november 2022

How to cite this page:

Anita Lazurko

Agile futures for transformative change: Lessons from envisioning positive climate futures emerging from the pandemic in Ontario

Resources

Lazurko, A., & Keys, P. (2022). A call for agile futures practice in service of transformative change: Lessons from envisioning positive climate futures emerging from the pandemic. Ecology and Society, 27(3):10.

Project images

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