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backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, June 30 2019 9:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Random Futures is a card game for businesses that facilitates thinking about future possibilities and helps create new strategies that will allow you to lead the future.

Use drivers of change, new society beliefs, technological advancements, economic models, environmental and political issues to add structure to brainstorming and how you generate ideas.

Engage your team in playful activities to explore emerging opportunities and provide the necessary space to create random synergies and conversations around global challenges or those specific to your industry or sector.

EASY, RANDOM AND FUN.

Combine simple elements, factors and ideas that will lead you to wild hypotheses. What will the world be like in one hundred years? Humans controlled by robots? Humans tele-transported to Mars? What would happen in a world where the average life expectancy is 110 years old? 

This game was mainly made for us. As a futures anticipation and strategic foresight consultancy firm, we wanted to make sure that we were delivering consistent and coherent results to our clients.

We use Random Futures as an essential tool in our workshops. 

Before we came up with the game idea, we used to do Scenario Planning activities using complex matrixes, which were difficult for most people to understand. Additionally, the activities took a long time because there were huge gaps between the groups who worked much quicker and the ones who struggled with the process.

So, one day, we found the solution. We got rid of the confusing matrix, and invented a smart game that would show our personality and the way we like to do things - playfully and with meaning.


It reflects our most up-to-date thinking on what the emerging disciplines of Futures Thinking, Futures Anticipation and Strategic Foresight mean to us. It helps guide us to deliver the best results possible and make the most of our team, even in complex situations. 

It allows us to learn, evolve and adapt our methods, processes, and work culture while helping us remain loyal to our principal goal of making the future more human, and insightful.

Our company was born to anticipate the future, and to do so, we needed to explore new territories with very little business case studies but with many academic references in the market. So our process evolved over time based on the experience acquired in projects with clients in the public and private sector, across different countries, continents and cultures.

Now it makes complete sense to share our thinking and tools with others. As the market of Futures Thinking evolves we decided to compile all of our knowledge into a comprehensive board game that could be used to understand not only what we do, but also how to apply what we do autonomously in different organisations.

This game will help you navigate the futures of your industry, sector, company, department or team. It is, by no means, intended to be final or prescriptive but rather open-minded and open-ended. It is a constantly evolving conversation around the new discipline of thinking about the future with all of you.

We are FFWD, a modern strategic foresight & futures anticipation consultancy firm with a global presence in Europe, Middle East and Asia. 

We listen to, collect and classify global conversations in different industries with a Machine Learning algorithm to identify emerging signals and trends for alternative futures across thousands of data sources and millions of documents, publications, opinions and essays.

We think of the future so you can focus on your business.


Meet the team:

Our team expertise is extremely diverse: from marketing to business management, from technology to sociology and from architecture to industrial design. The future is not fixed nor linear so a comprehensive approach with multiple backgrounds help us to think differently and accommodate people into a more holistic vision of the futures yet to come.

Here you can meet some of the team that worked in creating Random Futures and the game dynamics behind it: Esther Comino, Miguel Jiménez, Laura Reglero, Andrea Salas, Richard Gutierrez and Pablo Arribas

Above anything else, HUMANS LIKE TO PLAY. 

Team meetings to create ideas, brainstorm and innovate can be a little dull. You don’t need sticky notes to make things happen. 

Open up your mind to future hypotheses and develop them freely and imaginatively. 

Discover future scenarios that can help your business design and integrate new strategies.

Playing with your colleagues or with other departments within your company can reinforce team building and align common goals.

Discover more than 35 million possible future scenarios and have fun with the wild and unexpected combinations created.

What’s inside the box? 

  • 162 cards divided into 3 decks of 54 cards each
  • a game board
  • an instructions booklet

Players & duration

  • You can play as many rounds as you want and each will be completely different
  • Recommended group size is between 3 to 6 people

Goal

The goal is to understand the process of Design Futures and to provide tools to help you, or your organisation, make random connections that will lead to find new opportunities to develop future strategies, products or services.

Factor cards

These cards represent the dominant topics or issues within your imagined futures. They are the focus for your imagination, a specific variable that shapes and defines how the future is different from today.

Panorama cards

These cards represent the current panorama for the future to explore and includes 4 attributes that define it: time, mood, scene and technology.  

  •  Time: Establish the moment in which your future scenario will take place.
  •  Mood: Express the general feeling in society during your future scenario.
  •  Scene: Provide the economical or societal context for your future scenario.
  •  Technology: Details the prevalent technology that drives society in your future scenario.

Trigger cards

These cards are basically question cards to help prompt your imagination and develop your description of the scenarios. They are based on the STEEP model and question different aspects of the scenario based on the Society, Technology, Economic, Environment and Political spectrums that need to be described.

Random Futures is a conversational game. It helps teams to talk about possibilities, describe expectations and align thinking about what might happen. We like to think of it as a structured model to brainstorm scenarios that will host services, products and policies.

Pre-game preparation

  • Choose two Factor cards without looking. These are going to be the variables you focus on as you dream up different scenarios. Factor cards represent the dominant topics or issues within your imagined futures.
  • Pick one card, without looking, from each category of the Panorama pack. One Time card, one Mood card, one Scene card and one Tech card. These four cards will help shape your future scenarios. 
  • Keep the trigger cards aside to help you describe the scenarios. Use them whenever you feel stuck and need help diving deeper. These cards pose questions so you can further describe your scenarios. The cards are divided into categories with questions related to various different topics: Society, Technology, Economy, Environment and Politics (STEEP analysis). Make sure you pick at least one card from each category. Beyond that, feel free to pick however many trigger cards you need and try to answer the questions in a  meaningful way. 

Now, start playing and thinking

  • Try to imagine a new world, shaped by all the cards you have chosen. You can imagine scenarios where the factor cards are at their most positive level (an utopian world), or you can do the opposite and create worlds with a distinctly negative outlook (dystopian world).
  • Describe the panorama. Describe the society related to the factor cards and describe the transition between the present and the future scenario. How did we get there? Open your mind to the wildest hypotheses! 
  • As a result, a scenario will appear in which the technological, temporal and mood factors that affect our lives will either bring out the best, or the worst in humanity. 
  • You can use a pen and paper to write down or draw your ideas and descriptions while sharing them with the other players.

Tips

Write down all your ideas with a pen: writing out your thoughts on a piece of paper, which is a slower and more measured process than typing, forces you to be more thoughtful and capture those ideas in a cohesive way.

Ask questions: questioning is a uniquely powerful tool which helps you unlock value in organisations. It also develops your natural inquisitiveness, emotional intelligence and ability to empathise with the citizens of your scenarios.

Draw: doing a quick sketch or diagram can help you externalise your thoughts and express ideas that may be hard to verbalise. It’s much easier for people to visualise what they can see.

Stuck with a card? Don’t worry! You can change the context by picking as many cards as you need. The possibilities are almost infinite.

Risks and challenges

Our plan is to begin production as soon as the Kickstarter campaign finishes. We expect that by the end of September all cards will be shipped out.

Here is a quick overview of our project plan for the next few weeks:

June: Crowdfunding the Random Futures Game
July & August: Board Games and packaging production begins
September: Board Games are shipped from our warehouse

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