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Futures Thinking Playbook

Katie King


Julia Rose West

The Futures Thinking Playbook is designed for students and teachers alike, to help the younger generations anticipate and influence the future. This interactive, fun and engaging workbook will open minds to many possible and surprising futures. The Futures Thinking Playbook, divided into sixteen manageable plays, supports young people’s creative and critical thinking skills.

You may purchase the Playbook in the English version and in other languages below from Amazon.

Supplementary materials for the Playbook are also available for download without charge from our Library here.

Shaping Our Future: Facilitator’s Guidebook

Shaping our Future is a facilitator's guidebook for high school students who want to develop scenarios and plans for the future. It is similar to the Futures Thinking Playbook, but more suited to older students and even adults.

The book is published by Teach the Future with permission of the authors under the Creative Commons license BY-NC-SA (Attribution, Non-commercial, Adaptation under the same license). The guidebook is available for download free of charge at the Teach the Future Library.

You can see a video of the workshop in action thanks to the Brandwein Institute.

Click on this image to see a video introduction of the workshops.


Sandra Burchsted is a retired public school teacher.  She holds an M.S. degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Jack Byrne was the Vice-President of the Foundation for Our Future when the workshop was developed.  He is currently Dean of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs and Director of the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College.

Christian Crews was a Program Director at the Waite Family Foundation when the grant was awarded. He is a Principal at Wavepoint Growth Strategies. He holds an M.S. in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

What the Foresight

Alida Draudt


Julia Rose West


Click on this image to see a video introduction of the book.

The full title of this marvellous book is What the Foresight: Your personal futures explored.  Defy the expected and define the preferred.  It's a workbook for personal futures, a branch of futures studies that applies the concepts and processes for anticipating and influencing futures in the world to one's personal future.  Written for adults, but it serves young people just as well.

"Designers, futurists, and innovators of all kind often apply the long view toward businesses and the world at large; but how often do we apply this perspective to our personal lives? Alida Draudt and Julia Rose West have taken the complex tools of foresight and distilled them to their simplest forms in order to tackle this challenge. Together they have written a workbook that focuses on ten-minute mini workshops around personal futures – introducing not only foresight, but the idea of multiple potential futures to the realm of the individual. This workbook will give you a few tools to shift the long view from business-oriented to highly personal." -- From Amazon.

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