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Unpacking the Futures Thinking Playbook

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know something about Teach The Future. We are a non-profit dedicated to supporting future thinking practices and providing educators with effective, easy-to-access materials for their classroom or study teams.



To further our goal, in 2017, we published the Futures Thinking Playbook, which consists of 142 pages of class plans, thinking exercises, and ways to make future thinking a fun, engaging activity. The hard copy of the book is available on Amazon in many languages. The Futures Thinking Playbook is designed for students and teachers alike, to help the younger generations anticipate and influence the future. The Futures Thinking Playbook, in its current form, is divided into manageable activities, each supporting young people’s creative and critical thinking skills.


The Futures Thinking Playbook is an adapted version of a well-known process for developing scenarios. It can be a unit or a full semester in grades 5 thru 9, and it was utilized extensively for summer camps in Texas during 2017. These activities are designed with middle school students in mind and can be useful for both younger and more mature students.


The Playbook uses scenario development to encourage critical thinking and collaboration skills. Developing scenarios is a worthwhile process that businesses and government agencies are using more and more around the world to better understand the future. But even more appropriate for schools are the skills embedded in that process.


As part of its 2023 goals, Teach the Future is undertaking the project of “unpacking” the Futures Thinking Playbook into individual classroom activities. The idea here is to make it easy for educators to quickly access solid classroom plans and begin to sample future learning.

This chart shows which skills appear in the major sections of the Playbook.

Download your complimentary copy of the “Views of the Future” 12-page activity" today. It's free!

Help us make the individual class activities better by using them and providing feedback!


If you haven’t taken the time to check out our resource library, please take a look here. There are a number of free tools available, along with the Playbook.


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