This package of materials was produced for the Design Museum exhibition What if? Alternative futures, which invites us to think about the future with curiosity, challenging existing assumptions. The exhibition is based on Sitra’s work on weak signals, which identifies and analyses unexpected phenomena and their possible impacts.
Read more about weak signals from Sitra´s webpage
The material offers resources for discussing the future and futures thinking in the classroom. The materials include Power Point presentation and printable tasks in A4 size. The first task involves writing a story and the second involves designing a future object. The PPT presentation includes images and discussion topics that can be used for getting oriented before starting the assignments. The slides can be freely adapted to meet the needs of your group. Teacher’s instructions for the tasks are found in the PPT presentation.
The tasks are aimed at primary school pupils but they and the materials can be freely adapted to meet the needs of your group. The tasks are especially suited for home language and literature, visual arts and crafts lessons. But the future knows no boundaries between school subjects, and so the tasks can be applied to many different subjects.
Download the task material below:
Task material for teachers (pdf)
Task A: a school day in the year 2050 (printable, pdf)
Task B: future object (printable, pdf)
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Photo: Photo from the exhibition What if? Alternative futures, photographer Paavo Lehtonen.