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WHO’S IN THE
(ZOOM) ROOM?
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Share where you’re calling from in the chat!
Neil Collman
Practice Director, Nile
@skuft
@nilesays
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H E L L O
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WE ARE A STRATEG IC
DE SIGN COMPA NY
THINKER S, EDUCATORS AND MAKERS
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TODAY IS A
PREDICTION-FREE ZONE
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“T HERE A RE NO
FUTURE FACTS”
Wendell Bell
The Foundations of Futures Studies
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But we might talk about some of the weird and
wonderful things signalling what’s to come…
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POLL TIME
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How are you feeling about the future?
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LET’S DIG IN TO THAT
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bit.ly/future-feeling
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IF WE C AN’T PRE DICT
ANY THI NG, WHY BOTHER
THIN KING ABOUT THE
FUTUR E AT ALL?
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“In the medical field, inoculating yourself prevents you
from falling ill. In futures thinking, if you've considered a
whole range of possibilities, you're kind of inoculating
yourself. If one of these possibilities comes about, you're
better prepared.”
MARIN A GORBIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTUR E
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SO I T’S ABOUT BEING PREPARED
FOR WHAT MIGHT COME NEXT
(EVE N I F WE DON’T LIKE IT)…
What if low-touch fashion becomes the norm?
What if COVID returns seasonally?
What if travel halves in scale, forever?
What if Zoom moves into home office refurb?
…AND ACT IVELY MOVING TOWARDS
THE F UT UR E YOU WANT TO CREATE
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OR, A.K .A…
FORE SIG HT
A structured way to think about the future that
stimulates action in the present
– INSTITUTE FOR THE F UTURE
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POLL TIME
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So… how experienced are you in using
Futures and Foresight?
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TODAY I S ALL ABOUT
LOWERI NG THE BARRIER
FOR DE SI GNERS AND
DESI GN TEAMS TO THINK
ABOUT THE FUTU RE
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BEING A ‘PROPE R' FUTURIST IS HARD
• New language, academic “hinterland” and mindset
• It’s an imperfect process!
• You get out what you put in
• It’s tough alongside the “day job”
• Clients like the idea of it, but don’t like buying it!
• Building new relationships outside your “bubble” is essential
• The value is in the collective interaction
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SO WE’ RE GOING TO
SIMPLI F Y IT
FOUR S IMP L E
HABITS
YO U CAN STAR T
US ING TODAY
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SO YOU CA N…
1
2
3
Broaden perspectives
Get your teams and clients to
think differently.
Get beyond the obvious
Identify your own future insights.
Build a collective view
Almost all the value of the process is
the collective journey.
4
5
Understand the wider system
Find unexpected connections.
If you’re really lucky, build it into
your service design
The holy grail!
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HABI T ONE
SCAN THE
HORIZON
CHALLENGE
THE
STATUS QUO
HABIT TWO
TELL A
HUMAN
STORY
HA BIT T HREE
TRANSLATE
THE IMPACT
HA BIT FOUR
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HABIT ONE
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SCAN THE HORIZON
The future’s already here, it’s just not
evenly distributed. Monitor your feeds as a team,
share centrally, and ask “so what?”
Because you want to sense change early, and
build ongoing literacy to better join the dots.
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KEY CON CE P T: SI GNALS O F CHANG E
A real example of local disruption with the potential to
scale: a possible future that’s here today.
What: Health protection fashion
So what? Low touch fashion encroaching
into other categories? Sportswear? Social
distancing Black Tie?  Low touch fashion
stigmas?
Source: https://www.newchic.com/
theme-protect-t-334002/
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So what? We’ll need to reinvent
radical new ways to structure work
and life to protect our health,
companies will need to step up
So what? “Presence hacking” will
become so commonplace that faith
in the authenticity of virtual
interactions is undermined
So what? New creative
solutions will pop up that
address unmet needs created by
new work contexts.
AFEWMOREEXAMPLES
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• Check news feeds, social media, scientific journals, newsletters, the world around you
• Capture, steal or save content that you believe is useful
• Use the STEEP framework to try and build up a broad view of signals
• Make sure it’s surprising!
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SCANTHEHORIZON
WH EN WH AT
HOW
WH Y
Every day Monitor your feeds as a
team, share centrally, and
ask “so what?”
Sense change early, and
build ongoing literacy
so you can better join
the dots
HABITONE
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LE T’ S PRACT ICE SIGNALS GATHERING
WHAT SU R PRISING SIGNAL S OF CH ANGE HAVE
YO U SEEN RECENTLY?
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BREAKOUT TIME
1. Discuss with your group in breakout
2. Nominate a writer
3. Report back in the chat when we’re back in the main room
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IMPORTANT: S IG NALS AREN’T TRENDS.
LOW TOUCH FASHION I S A TREND, THE
SIGNAL IS T HE S PECIFIC EXAMPLE .
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Key sources to track for signals:
• Hashtags on social (e.g. #foresight #wfh)
• Radio phone-ins – the unfiltered public…
• News feeds: Mainstream Media - not just the UK!
(e.g. South China Morning Post)
• Academic journals and papers (Nature magazine,
Scientific American, Google Scholar)
• The world around you: an overheard conversation or
a chance observation
• Foresight thought-leaders: Amy Webb, IFTF,
Flamingo, Arup, Scott Smith, MIT
• Patent applications, artists, rogue agents…
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RESOU RCES A ND TO O LS
At Nile, we use a dedicated Slack channel
for signal collection and curation.
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HABIT TWO
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CHALLE NG E THE
STATUS QUO
As a team, explore the implications of the change
you’re seeing in the present.
Because signals are useless unless you’re weaving
them into different plausible futures.
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Most of the time we think of
the future as a straight line
from A to B, but it’s rarely
the case.
Most important shifts are a
left turn, often unexpected.
Explore alternative
possibilities for the future,
(including things we might
not like).
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KEY CON CE P T: MULTI PLE FUTURES
Voros via Dunne and Raby, via Revell 
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• Establish a standing monthly meeting in the team diary. Get together for an hour or so.
• Run through the signals, and ask ‘what if’ and ‘if this, then…?’
• Explore desirable and undesirable outcomes. Challenge each other to be ridiculous
• Capture and document source material and speculative futures
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CHALLENGETHESTATUSQUO
HABITTWO
WH EN WH AT
HOW
WH Y
At least once a month As a group, explore the
implications of the
change you’re seeing in
the present
Begin to understand
different plausible
futures
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EXAMPL E: REMOTE WO RKI NG
It can be as simple as
moving your thinking
from…
DEFAULT THI NKI N G:
Most patterns “return to
normal”, but there’s a bit more
remote working than before.
A MO RE D ISRU PT IV E FU TU RE:
Massive leaps in remote collaboration
technology means working remotely
not only sticks permanently, but is
completely transformed.
We kit overhaul our homes with Zoom/
IKEA “multimodal” living innovations
and curate digital professional personas.
To “what if”…
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A commonly used foresight
tool that helps map 1st, 2nd
and 3rd order implications of
an anticipated shift.
Useful (COVID-19 specific)
resource and example (Scott
Smith):
https://medium.com/phase-
change/mapping-impacts-
and-
implications-74e737312191
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RESOU RCES A ND TO O LS:
FUTURE S WH EE L
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LET’S CHA LLENG E THE STATU S QUO
WHAT ARE THE PO S SIB LE I MPLI CATI O NS O F
SOME OF THE SI G NA LS WE’V E SEEN?
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BREAKOUT TIME
1. In your breakout rooms, pick a key shift you want to explore
2. Build a future wheel on your relevant breakout board
3. Near the end, jot down some key takeaways
bit.ly/future-wheel
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HABIT THREE
34
TELL A HUMAN STORY
Build a relatable story about the future for the
people who might use this service.
Because without people, how can you really
understand the impact of a possible future?
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Most discourse about
the future is in the
abstract and designed
to grab eyeballs.
But by humanising it
we can build empathy
with our stakeholders
and future users.
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KEY CON CE P T
-
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• Describe a future world your actors might inhabit, and how they might respond to it
• This requires a bit of practice and skill - designers should bring their abilities, perspective
and empathy to bear on this aspect of the process.
• This doesn’t have to be a movie screenplay. Or even a short film; an outline of a situation
will be a great start.
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TELLAHUMANSTORY
HABITTHREE
WH EN WH AT
HOW
WH Y
As required, in context -
when you’re developing a
specific strategy for your
service
Build a relatable story
about the future for the
people who might use this
service
Understand the human
impact of a specific
possible future
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EX AMPL ES
An agile way to
come up with
stories is to create
a mini “artefact
from the future”
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Or with more time
you can create
future personas…
Imagine a day in the life 2025: an ambitious fitness
entrepreneur in a hyper-local world, buying multi-
mode business space insurance from Zoom insurance
inc with her finance AI.
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KEY TOOL : A R T E FACT
FROM T HE FU T U RE
Create your own
rapid variations of
future stories with
Institute For The
Future’s Artifact
From the Future
tool.
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HABIT FOUR
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TRANSL ATE THE IMPACT
Identify the impact of different futures on the
things you care about.
Because this is when you gain insights about
the future that you can act on now.
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You’re not looking for
revolutionary ideas
that no-one has come
up with before
(although that is nice).
Almost all of the value
is in the translation of
futures for your
specific problem.
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KEY CON CE P T
-
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TRANSLATETHEIMPACT
HABITFOUR
WH EN WH AT
HOW
WH Y
• Identify the impact areas you’re most interested in – could be stakeholders, departments,
products or strategies
• Ask: ‘what would future this mean for…’
• Decide whether to “act or track”
At key decision points in a
project, and for a team
Identify the impact of
different futures on the
things you care about
Gain practical insights
about the future that you
can act on now
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EX AMPL E: S PORTS RE TAI LE R
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Imagine a day in the life 2025: an ambitious fitness
entrepreneur in a hyper-local world, buying multi-
mode business space insurance from Zoom insurance
inc with her finance AI.
The impact it might have:
New opportunity to accessorise
mixed living/work space.
The shift we’re seeing:
Customers significantly change
their physical space and behaviours
at home to work smarter.
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Map impacts for
your projects using
Institute For The
Future's “Cross
Impact Matrix”
template.
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KEY TOOL :
IMPACT MAT RIX
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LET’S ZOOM O UT
THINGS TO
REMEM BER
• Start small, build habits!
• Make it a team sport
• Accept the imperfect process
• Embrace the ridiculous!
1
2
3
4
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QUESTIONS
AD D THEM TO TH E BOARD
BELOW & USE YO UR 5 VOTES
(You’ve got 2 mins!)
👉 bit.ly/pragmaticfuture 👈
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SELECTED RESOURCES
FORESIGHT P RACTICE
AND MIND FOOD: B O O KS
The Signals are Talking & The Big
Nine by Amy Webb
Anything by Noah Yuval Harari
Scott Smith (Changeist), book
release later this year (How to
Future)
FORESIGHT COMPANIES
& ORGS
Nile
Institute For The Future
Future Today Institute
SIG NAL MONITORING &
TRE ND RESEARCH
Email updates
MIT newsletters (The Download/
The Airlock & more…)
Exponential View
Institute For The Future
Science Journals/Papers
Nature
Scientific American
Google Scholar
News (fairly UK centric!)
BBC
Financial Times
The Economist
The Guardian
NY Times
South China Morning Post
Research tools
Strategic Intelligence (World
Economic Forum)
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Pragmatic Futurism for Today's Designers - Goodbye Faster Horses, 14 May 2020

  • 2. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company2 FOLLOW NI LE medium.com/nilehq Thinking, tools and blogs instagram.com/nilehq Inside the studio twitter.com/nilehq Interesting things & chat nilehq.com
  • 3. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design WHO’S IN THE (ZOOM) ROOM? 3 Share where you’re calling from in the chat!
  • 4. Neil Collman Practice Director, Nile @skuft @nilesays 4 H E L L O
  • 5. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company5 WE ARE A STRATEG IC DE SIGN COMPA NY THINKER S, EDUCATORS AND MAKERS
  • 6. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design TODAY IS A PREDICTION-FREE ZONE 6
  • 7. Confidential | Nile | Forward Thinking Design7 “T HERE A RE NO FUTURE FACTS” Wendell Bell The Foundations of Futures Studies
  • 8. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design8 But we might talk about some of the weird and wonderful things signalling what’s to come…
  • 9. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design POLL TIME 9 How are you feeling about the future?
  • 10. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design LET’S DIG IN TO THAT 10 bit.ly/future-feeling
  • 11. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design11 IF WE C AN’T PRE DICT ANY THI NG, WHY BOTHER THIN KING ABOUT THE FUTUR E AT ALL?
  • 12. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design “In the medical field, inoculating yourself prevents you from falling ill. In futures thinking, if you've considered a whole range of possibilities, you're kind of inoculating yourself. If one of these possibilities comes about, you're better prepared.” MARIN A GORBIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR THE FUTUR E 12
  • 13. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company13 SO I T’S ABOUT BEING PREPARED FOR WHAT MIGHT COME NEXT (EVE N I F WE DON’T LIKE IT)… What if low-touch fashion becomes the norm? What if COVID returns seasonally? What if travel halves in scale, forever? What if Zoom moves into home office refurb? …AND ACT IVELY MOVING TOWARDS THE F UT UR E YOU WANT TO CREATE
  • 14. Nile | Service Design Network Academy14 OR, A.K .A… FORE SIG HT A structured way to think about the future that stimulates action in the present – INSTITUTE FOR THE F UTURE
  • 15. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design POLL TIME 15 So… how experienced are you in using Futures and Foresight?
  • 16. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design16 TODAY I S ALL ABOUT LOWERI NG THE BARRIER FOR DE SI GNERS AND DESI GN TEAMS TO THINK ABOUT THE FUTU RE
  • 17. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company17 BEING A ‘PROPE R' FUTURIST IS HARD • New language, academic “hinterland” and mindset • It’s an imperfect process! • You get out what you put in • It’s tough alongside the “day job” • Clients like the idea of it, but don’t like buying it! • Building new relationships outside your “bubble” is essential • The value is in the collective interaction
  • 18. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design18 SO WE’ RE GOING TO SIMPLI F Y IT FOUR S IMP L E HABITS YO U CAN STAR T US ING TODAY
  • 19. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company19 SO YOU CA N… 1 2 3 Broaden perspectives Get your teams and clients to think differently. Get beyond the obvious Identify your own future insights. Build a collective view Almost all the value of the process is the collective journey. 4 5 Understand the wider system Find unexpected connections. If you’re really lucky, build it into your service design The holy grail!
  • 20. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design20 HABI T ONE SCAN THE HORIZON CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO HABIT TWO TELL A HUMAN STORY HA BIT T HREE TRANSLATE THE IMPACT HA BIT FOUR
  • 21. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design HABIT ONE 21 SCAN THE HORIZON The future’s already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. Monitor your feeds as a team, share centrally, and ask “so what?” Because you want to sense change early, and build ongoing literacy to better join the dots.
  • 22. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company22 KEY CON CE P T: SI GNALS O F CHANG E A real example of local disruption with the potential to scale: a possible future that’s here today. What: Health protection fashion So what? Low touch fashion encroaching into other categories? Sportswear? Social distancing Black Tie?  Low touch fashion stigmas? Source: https://www.newchic.com/ theme-protect-t-334002/
  • 23. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design23 So what? We’ll need to reinvent radical new ways to structure work and life to protect our health, companies will need to step up So what? “Presence hacking” will become so commonplace that faith in the authenticity of virtual interactions is undermined So what? New creative solutions will pop up that address unmet needs created by new work contexts. AFEWMOREEXAMPLES
  • 24. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design • Check news feeds, social media, scientific journals, newsletters, the world around you • Capture, steal or save content that you believe is useful • Use the STEEP framework to try and build up a broad view of signals • Make sure it’s surprising! 24 SCANTHEHORIZON WH EN WH AT HOW WH Y Every day Monitor your feeds as a team, share centrally, and ask “so what?” Sense change early, and build ongoing literacy so you can better join the dots HABITONE
  • 25. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design LE T’ S PRACT ICE SIGNALS GATHERING WHAT SU R PRISING SIGNAL S OF CH ANGE HAVE YO U SEEN RECENTLY? 25 BREAKOUT TIME 1. Discuss with your group in breakout 2. Nominate a writer 3. Report back in the chat when we’re back in the main room
  • 26. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company26 IMPORTANT: S IG NALS AREN’T TRENDS. LOW TOUCH FASHION I S A TREND, THE SIGNAL IS T HE S PECIFIC EXAMPLE .
  • 27. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design Key sources to track for signals: • Hashtags on social (e.g. #foresight #wfh) • Radio phone-ins – the unfiltered public… • News feeds: Mainstream Media - not just the UK! (e.g. South China Morning Post) • Academic journals and papers (Nature magazine, Scientific American, Google Scholar) • The world around you: an overheard conversation or a chance observation • Foresight thought-leaders: Amy Webb, IFTF, Flamingo, Arup, Scott Smith, MIT • Patent applications, artists, rogue agents… 27 RESOU RCES A ND TO O LS At Nile, we use a dedicated Slack channel for signal collection and curation.
  • 28. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design HABIT TWO 28 CHALLE NG E THE STATUS QUO As a team, explore the implications of the change you’re seeing in the present. Because signals are useless unless you’re weaving them into different plausible futures.
  • 29. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design Most of the time we think of the future as a straight line from A to B, but it’s rarely the case. Most important shifts are a left turn, often unexpected. Explore alternative possibilities for the future, (including things we might not like). 29 KEY CON CE P T: MULTI PLE FUTURES Voros via Dunne and Raby, via Revell 
  • 30. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design • Establish a standing monthly meeting in the team diary. Get together for an hour or so. • Run through the signals, and ask ‘what if’ and ‘if this, then…?’ • Explore desirable and undesirable outcomes. Challenge each other to be ridiculous • Capture and document source material and speculative futures 30 CHALLENGETHESTATUSQUO HABITTWO WH EN WH AT HOW WH Y At least once a month As a group, explore the implications of the change you’re seeing in the present Begin to understand different plausible futures
  • 31. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design31 EXAMPL E: REMOTE WO RKI NG It can be as simple as moving your thinking from… DEFAULT THI NKI N G: Most patterns “return to normal”, but there’s a bit more remote working than before. A MO RE D ISRU PT IV E FU TU RE: Massive leaps in remote collaboration technology means working remotely not only sticks permanently, but is completely transformed. We kit overhaul our homes with Zoom/ IKEA “multimodal” living innovations and curate digital professional personas. To “what if”…
  • 32. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design A commonly used foresight tool that helps map 1st, 2nd and 3rd order implications of an anticipated shift. Useful (COVID-19 specific) resource and example (Scott Smith): https://medium.com/phase- change/mapping-impacts- and- implications-74e737312191 32 RESOU RCES A ND TO O LS: FUTURE S WH EE L
  • 33. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design LET’S CHA LLENG E THE STATU S QUO WHAT ARE THE PO S SIB LE I MPLI CATI O NS O F SOME OF THE SI G NA LS WE’V E SEEN? 33 BREAKOUT TIME 1. In your breakout rooms, pick a key shift you want to explore 2. Build a future wheel on your relevant breakout board 3. Near the end, jot down some key takeaways bit.ly/future-wheel
  • 34. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design HABIT THREE 34 TELL A HUMAN STORY Build a relatable story about the future for the people who might use this service. Because without people, how can you really understand the impact of a possible future?
  • 35. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design Most discourse about the future is in the abstract and designed to grab eyeballs. But by humanising it we can build empathy with our stakeholders and future users. 35 KEY CON CE P T
  • 36. - Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design • Describe a future world your actors might inhabit, and how they might respond to it • This requires a bit of practice and skill - designers should bring their abilities, perspective and empathy to bear on this aspect of the process. • This doesn’t have to be a movie screenplay. Or even a short film; an outline of a situation will be a great start. 36 TELLAHUMANSTORY HABITTHREE WH EN WH AT HOW WH Y As required, in context - when you’re developing a specific strategy for your service Build a relatable story about the future for the people who might use this service Understand the human impact of a specific possible future
  • 37. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design EX AMPL ES An agile way to come up with stories is to create a mini “artefact from the future” 37 Or with more time you can create future personas… Imagine a day in the life 2025: an ambitious fitness entrepreneur in a hyper-local world, buying multi- mode business space insurance from Zoom insurance inc with her finance AI.
  • 38. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design KEY TOOL : A R T E FACT FROM T HE FU T U RE Create your own rapid variations of future stories with Institute For The Future’s Artifact From the Future tool. 38
  • 39. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design HABIT FOUR 39 TRANSL ATE THE IMPACT Identify the impact of different futures on the things you care about. Because this is when you gain insights about the future that you can act on now.
  • 40. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design You’re not looking for revolutionary ideas that no-one has come up with before (although that is nice). Almost all of the value is in the translation of futures for your specific problem. 40 KEY CON CE P T
  • 41. - Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design41 TRANSLATETHEIMPACT HABITFOUR WH EN WH AT HOW WH Y • Identify the impact areas you’re most interested in – could be stakeholders, departments, products or strategies • Ask: ‘what would future this mean for…’ • Decide whether to “act or track” At key decision points in a project, and for a team Identify the impact of different futures on the things you care about Gain practical insights about the future that you can act on now
  • 42. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design EX AMPL E: S PORTS RE TAI LE R 42 Imagine a day in the life 2025: an ambitious fitness entrepreneur in a hyper-local world, buying multi- mode business space insurance from Zoom insurance inc with her finance AI. The impact it might have: New opportunity to accessorise mixed living/work space. The shift we’re seeing: Customers significantly change their physical space and behaviours at home to work smarter.
  • 43. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design Map impacts for your projects using Institute For The Future's “Cross Impact Matrix” template. 43 KEY TOOL : IMPACT MAT RIX
  • 44. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company44 LET’S ZOOM O UT THINGS TO REMEM BER • Start small, build habits! • Make it a team sport • Accept the imperfect process • Embrace the ridiculous! 1 2 3 4
  • 45. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company45 QUESTIONS AD D THEM TO TH E BOARD BELOW & USE YO UR 5 VOTES (You’ve got 2 mins!) 👉 bit.ly/pragmaticfuture 👈
  • 46. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design SELECTED RESOURCES FORESIGHT P RACTICE AND MIND FOOD: B O O KS The Signals are Talking & The Big Nine by Amy Webb Anything by Noah Yuval Harari Scott Smith (Changeist), book release later this year (How to Future) FORESIGHT COMPANIES & ORGS Nile Institute For The Future Future Today Institute SIG NAL MONITORING & TRE ND RESEARCH Email updates MIT newsletters (The Download/ The Airlock & more…) Exponential View Institute For The Future Science Journals/Papers Nature Scientific American Google Scholar News (fairly UK centric!) BBC Financial Times The Economist The Guardian NY Times South China Morning Post Research tools Strategic Intelligence (World Economic Forum) 46
  • 47. Confidential | Nile | The Strategic Design Company47 QUES TION S? F O LLOW ME ON LI NKEDIN FOLLOW NILE linkedin.com/in/neilcollman medium.com/nilehq Thinking, tools and blogs instagram.com/nilehq Inside the studio twitter.com/nilehq Interesting things & chat nilehq.com
  • 48. Confidential | Nile | Service, Business and Experience Design48 GET IN TOUCH, WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU HQ 13-15 Circus Lane Edinburgh, EH3 6SU +44 (0) 131 220 5671 www.nilehq.com @NileSays