A metabolic farm for
vision of the future
A floating ecopolis for climate refugees
What do you
the future will be like?
What do you
the future to be like?
What is it?
Development that meets the needs of
the present without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet
their own needs.
What do you want to achieve?
• What’s your big goal?
• How will you get there?
• What smaller steps will you work towards along
the way to help you get to your big goal?
We need to know what we want to make
a plan to get there.
• Deciding what we want in the future.
• Figuring out what we need to do today to get
to get there.
Why plan with Backcasting?
• The council notice that more and more people are using homeless
• They project that this number will continue increasing based on past
• They decide to allocate more money to fund homeless shelters.
• They have not really looked at the future they want.
• It might be better to envisage a future where no one needed the
shelters, then look back and see what needed to be done today to
achieve this and allocate money and time to these areas instead.
• E.g. Better education, more family and community support, help to
pay rent or home loans, treatment for alcohol or drug problems.
• Of course these will need to be looked at along the way and maybe
adjusted to make them better .
• In groups decide on one area of the future that you would
like to see happen by 2050.
• It should be based on human needs and should be
• Check with me that this is a good area to plan for.
• Brainstorm the steps you will take to make it happen. Use
the worksheet to guide you.
• Draw a poster/ flow diagram showing the steps you will
take to present to the class.
• If you like, add pictures, graphs etc to help illustrate your
• Also include information about work already being done,
obstacles, resources needed etc.