FUTURELabs bring people together to imagine and co-produce future scenarios as a way of exploring possibilities, stimulating discussion and firing creative practice.

Upcoming events

FutureScaping: how to imagine
In this 2 hour free online workshop, we explore ways of stimulating the imagination to explore ideas of the future. We draw on techniques from ethnography which attend to the details of environments and contexts, on ideas from futuristic and science fiction and from our own lived experiences.

The dates for this workshop are set when 2-3 participants sign up. To participate please get in touch.

NB: this workshop will be filmed for broadcast on the VisioningLab Youtube Channel. If you would prefer not to be filmed, please do say.

Previous events

Chorlton teenagers: the future needs YOU to imagine it
Come to Chorlton Library on Thursday 23rd May from 3.30-5.30pm to co-create a futuristic Chorlton using Fortnite (creative mode) and Playstation Dreams (early release version).

Working from a current map of Chorlton, we will co-develop a futuristic city of your dreams and nightmares. We will draw, build models and write stories that imagine future scenarios using these well-known gaming platforms and the game engines behind them such as Unity 3D and Unreal.

No experience necessary, this is a ‘hack’ where we make it up as we go along…

This dropin event is curated by Dr Jessica Symons, Fellow at University of Manchester and Director of Visioning Lab.


Exploring how anthropologists see the future

At the 2018 annual anthropology conference, Visioning Lab convened over 50 anthropologists to explore a future of their own imagining. The emphasis on this workshop was to bring an ethnographic sensibility to the FUTURELab concept. We took the usual approach of asking people to close their eyes and then talk them into an imagined future but with the added dimension of asking them to explore this future world as if it were ethnography. Interestingly some anthropologists went to their research site and others paid close attention to the socio-economic and political dynamics of their imagined world.