How should we learn to solve public problems? What methods will give us a visceral feel for the future? I once tried to convince the city of Cambridge (that’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, not Cambridge, England) to give me a block in the heart of the city for a weekend futuring exercise.
The idea was that once you passed through an invisible wall surrounding the block you were twenty years in the future and would have to act, work and play as if you were inhabiting that future right now. And after you left the zone, you would have a muscle memory for the future you want to create.
The idea fell apart after getting some traction, but it was fun thinking through the script and the props that would make that future happen today.
Perhaps I should have tried a virtual version first. This week’s newsletter is focused on the medium of public problem solving while being fully aware that the medium affects the message.