Our current activities include:
Stimulating ideas through 1-2-1, small or large group workshops
Running future visioning sessions using an established tried-and-tested method
Creating imaginative pathways to help define vague ideas into concrete plans
Making creative allegories drawing comparisons with other cultures
Broadcasting visioning sessions on our Visioning Lab YouTube channel
Our approach uses different creative exercises to help gain new perspectives on developing situations. These can work at world/country/city levels, on sector/company/community direction and/or on individual aspirations.
Our structured and experimental processes combine art, technology and social science into a visioning laboratory.
These activities are particularly suitable for organisations who want to increase/develop creativity in their outlook eg cultural/creative industries, tech/digital sector, blue chip, management consultancies and the public sector.
Future Salford aimed to stimulate discussion about how the city is changing and how people imagine its future. The project encouraged greater awareness of how people see the future differently – from elected politicians and staff in council and commercial organisations to staff and students at the University of Salford, to children and families in local communities. A Future Salford Sketchbook captures over 60 drawings and ideas expressed in six workshops.
Dane Bank Green Space is a contested area of land in Denton. Local residents asked us to run a Future Visioning workshop for the organising committee and also on their family fun day. The visions of the committee ranged from ‘The Road to Hell’ where the land was completely built over to a ‘open, wonderful, usable green space’.
Ideas4Ordsall was part of a large AHRC funded university project. It supported local cultural intermediaries in Salford to work with over 20 local people to develop their ideas for cultural activities. The project outcomes ranged from a social history play to an art collective. The focus on supporting local people to develop their ideas was led by Jessica Symons and informed the development of VISIONINGLab.