The practice of the future has two levels of perception:
- practice as a purposeful activity of transforming the world, the process of approaching the desired future and a new way of life through systemic innovations;
- practice as a habit, a pattern of life that will become the standard in the future, replacing the practice of the present.
Enthusiasts who practice the future are aware of one of the global problems and invent new patterns of living to overcome it. They try and develop new practices - system level innovations, examples of how people will live in the future. They may figure out how public spaces will help maintain collective health due to the architecture, the materials used and the logic of use. Life in the cities will include city farming: each rooftop will have a public garden with local fruits and vegetables, and each apartment will have a room with a green wall - a vertical greenhouse that provides the whole family with vitamins all year round.
The Kruzhok Movement, together with the University for the Planet, has conducted an international study and identified more than 30 existing practices of the future. Each one is being developed by a community ready to fight for the desired future. Describing the practices, we relied on expert interviews and studied additional sources of information.
To describe each practice, we identified 9 components that are significant for us:
- Universal Problem - the inadequacy of the modern way of life reflected by the community. This problem is quite pressing, justifies why it is impossible to continue living as it was before, and makes us come up with new practices of being.
- Solution - the project intent of the community, which is aimed at solving the identified problem. We are describing a specific practice here - an example of how the community proposes to act differently instead of the present practice.
- Target Image - a vision of the desired future that the community wants to get into by solving the problem. The target image can be planned for 20, 50, 100 years in advance or not have distinct time boundaries.
- Experiment Framework - how and where the community tries to introduce new practices and what comes out of it. Practices of the future require experimentation, because we do not know in advance whether the proposed solution of the problem will work. As a rule, an experiment is deployed on a test ground first, and then goes out beyond its limits.
- Tools and Technologies - specific tools and technologies that the community uses to solve a problem. They can be detached from a given practice and applied to others, which means other communities can use them.
- Scaling Plans - specific community goals and challenges for the upcoming years. After reviewing the scaling plans, you can know more about the issues that remain unresolved and assess your opportunities for collaboration with the community.
- Standards and Values - key pillars of the community. It is easier for you to find the like-minded people knowing more about their values.
- Community - a company, kruzhok, movement, or some other form of a collective subject that practices the future. It is possible to approach the desired future because of the living energy of the community members. Since the practice must go on developing through the decades, the community must include different generations.
- Allies - other companies, kruzhki, movements or individuals, living or not, who share the proposed image of the future, and whom the community perceives as its companions.