By imagining desirable sustainable futures, we can create pathways for transitioning to more healthy, just and joyful lives. Yet, positive imaginative visions of sustainable living are lacking.
We need to be inspired and delighted by alternatives that are different from our present and that are also strategic and smart. Through foresight, we can be empowered to act in the face of uncertainty.
The Beacon’s Good Living 2050 contest challenged sustainability thinkers and creatives to develop compelling 1-4 images of what a better, more sustainable life might look like in the future. It aimed to expand the number and quality of images depicting these futures, in order to be able to explain and promote them. Winners to be announced in early April 2023.
The “African Alternatives” concept was a finalist in the Post Fossil City contest and included three detailed images: the underdeveloped status quo of many African cities, as well as two possible alternative futures – a “smart city” and a more sustainable, inclusive city. It aimed to spark debate about what futures are desirable for the world’s most rapidly urbanising region.
The IMAGE Sustainable Lifestyles project, conducted by Utrecht University, the Hot or Cool Institute, and OneEarth Living, addresses the lack of lifestyle solutions in climate models. Four scenario narratives emerged from expert-driven workshops, all of which represented lifestyles that maintain or lessen average global temperatures in 2050.
Earth 2050 is Kaspersky’s online platform for crowdsourcing visions of the future from scientists, futurologists and internet users around the world. It includes over 400 visions, and although the focus is not specifically on sustainable lifestyles, the rich spectrum of ideas may inspire a more sustainable future.
This open-access workshop toolkit asks participants to transform ordinary objects into “artifacts from the future” in order to open conversations about what alternative futures may look like. The Futures Bazaar “offers a chance to expand horizons, explore new ideas, and develop capacities for foresight, creativity, and storytelling, all in just a few hours”.
In partnership with Veryday, McKinsey Design, Stickybeat and financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, Life 2053 is an interactive website that walks you through what life in Sweden may be like 40 years from now if energy consumption is drastically reduced.