In Feb 2016 Gareth Priday and Jose Ramos were working on a project together and thought, wouldn’t it be great to have a live interactive game for the Futures Action Model (FAM) that we could use in their facilitation work? So they took and long walk and each of them came up with a version of a game people could play in about 1 hour.

They haven’t yet used the game with any group and thus thought, wouldn’t it be cool to test the game to see how it works?

So this gathering is a live test of an interactive game prototype, never done before, first time etc etc.

We have these Fam Game Slides, but they won’t really make sense until you know about FAM more generally. (or come and play the game).

About the Futures Action Model 

FAM was developed as a facilitation and research tool to help people to develop breakthrough designs and innovations in the context of emerging futures.

The premise is that, the innovations we create need to have relevance to changing times. The innovations we imagine and create need to have relevance not just to the present, but for the future.

For example, we all know that climate change is a critical threat to human existence. If we are truthful to ourselves about the nature of the challenge, then this says something important about what we need to imagine and create in the present. In short, create bold innovations that well and truly address our challenges and which can support and work within a low low low lowwww carbon future…     

Disrupting our assumptions about the future leads us to think differently about what we create today.

Here is a basic overview of the approach.

And here is a more academic and theoretical overview of the approach.

We’ve been using FAM in different contexts since about 2009. What we have learned is that it is important to be able to have easy ways for people to engage with the ideas, not just the heady and conceptual work.

This FAM game is meant to help “embody” the exploration and ideation process.

Who is running this? 

FuturesLab members Jose Ramos, Gareth Priday and Bridgette Engeler will be facilitating a process on june 7th to test the prototypes. RSVP here.

What you’ll get 

FuturesLab is all about open source innovation. It is a social change accelerator. People can take what they learn in the session and use it in their own practices.

Published by jramos

José Ramos is a researcher, writer and advocate for commons-based social change. He focuses on such areas as future political economy, planetary stewardship, innovations in democracy and governance, the conjunction of foresight and action research, and transformative social innovation.

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