The Art Center College of Design have created an intermixable deck of cards designed to jump start the scenario creation stage of futures workshops.
Jamais Cascio brings our attention to another extremely interesting and relevant development for those involved in futures work, scenario planning, or strategic design at any level. Called the mVIP cards, the deck loosely follows the “STEEP” framework for identifying various elements of change in the future.
The best part about the deck is that they are presented as an online Flash application for anyone to explore. Check out the Flash site here.
We played around a bit and created a future with the following components:
- All electric utilities
- Rapid learning networks
- Ubiquitous bugginess
- Carbon rations
- Fertile soil is gold
- Asia invades Australia
- Genetically modified crop failures
While perhaps random generation of futures, I-Ching style, isn’t the best strategic orientation strategy, the deck does a very fun and effective job of mixing and matching different developments to open the mind to new possibilities. Very useful and effective.