Future Scenarios

Future scenarios are a powerful tool that provides tangible insights into how ideas can create development and practice changes.

A future scenario is a short, coherent story that tests how the seemingly interesting idea will affect the behavior and experiences of citizens, public employees and other affected persons. In this way, the future scenario can help a project group assess whether their ideas may actually be able to realize the impact the project is intended to cause.

Our experience is, that dialogue and process about a future scenario in a project in itself can qualify ideas, and can, for example, be carried out at the end of an idea development workshop.
The method can also be used at the very beginning of a project to focus the project's assumptions.


Before the workshop

  1. Select an idea that should be displayed in a future scenario. This may be an idea from a brainstorming session on how a given service should look like in the future.

  2. Prepare the following remedies to make the future scenario:

  3. Print backgrounds – For example, three stages that illustrate before, during and after a service. Find pictures on the Internet that illustrate the places where the scenario takes place. Background photos could be a park, a home, a library, etc. Print images on at least A4 paper and set them up next to each other in the desired order.

  4. Scenario participants: Print People, write and draw who they are on them. You can also use pictures of the workshop participants, if that makes sense.
    You can use small post-its for quotes.

  5. Remedies: Write and draw on post-its anything else that is included in the scenario. For example, phones, money, publications, vehicles.


Wallpapers printed on A5, A4 or A3.
Print Scenario People

Print method text


You can also print a number of images out that can help define where a service takes place. The selection of backgrounds can challenge the dialogue among the participants and sharpen their ideas.