The Future Workshop is a method, as the originator Robert Jungk
put it, for awakening the imagination as an antidote to resignation.
The method allows people with diverse backgrounds, motivations, and levels of self-assurance to contribute their criticism of the status quo, and their hopes for the future, drawing on their own experiences and competencies.
The workshop follows simple, democratic rules, establishing a space in which the participants decide what happens. By anticipating, in miniature, a truly democratic society, the workshop also allows participants to rehearse the role of active citizens helping shape the future of the wider society—whether it be through their work, their participation in civil society, or a combination.
The three phases of the workshop—criticism, utopia, actualisation—unleash an unfiltered critique of what is wrong today, imaginative images of how good the future might be, and realistic plans for realising these visions.