What would a #desirablefuture look like?

Visions for a better future

Questions for a thriving future

What does a desirable future look like to you? Let us share our visions, images, design, and desires for a brighter and more prosperous future for all.


Questions of resilience:
What is it that we most value that we want to keep? What is it that we need to let go of? What is it that we have lost that we would like to restore? These questions asked by Daniel Christian Wahl breed new questions. Tag your questions, ideas, and inspiration, and let them pollinate new ideas worth sharing.


Human by Nature asks questions, we invite reflection, and seek inspiration through a collaborative, co-curated platform that is self-organized and open to all.


Feel free to use #desirablefuture in your post, please be respectful, and find inspiration in our current two open queries and in the sources below.

Why this initiative?

We need to start imagining thriving futures that spark imagination, joy, and life.


Imagining thriving futures makes us curious about the future, compassionate about our descendants, and it feeds our courage to sow the seeds for a better tomorrow.


We are familiar with so many stories and images of a dystopic future, but what does a desirable future that you would like to live in actually look like?


"What does a desirable future look like and what are the pathways to achieve it?"

Professor Garry Peterson, Stockholm Resilience Centre, addresses the need for images of desirable futures. He says:


We need to have these visions of the world and I think it is important to look to literature, film, and art, to get inspiration to move towards a more beautiful and fun world. Not just something that provides income and opportunity to people, but that’s really an inspiring place to move towards to enable our transition towards a better anthropocene. And I think, this expansion of the possible ways of living is very important, because without this, when we have transformation, when we have shocks, we’re less likely to be able to use those to move towards a better world, and we have much more opportunity to end up in these ‘bad futures’, we’ve been envisioning.

So, in conclusion, I really believe that we need to have more thinking by more people, and more diverse groups of people, about what a desirable anthropocene would look like? And what are some pathways to achieve it?


And I think, one of the things, …, is to try and imagine in fiction, in film, in all sorts of visual representation.

 So, what would a world, that is probably going to be warmer, that has different animals in it, and has different amounts of nutrients flowing through it, what kind of world could that be – not would it be, but – could that be? And what kind of world would you like it to be, that we think we can achieve? And what are things that people can do to work towards this? 

And I think there is no way we are going to get a blueprint, but by having a diversity of visions from different perspectives, from Asia, from indigenous perspectives, from urban perspectives, from rural perspectives, we can work towards a vision of a better future. And while dystopias tell us where not to go, they often give us little guidance about what we should strive for, and I think to try and get these stories of thriving, of fairness, of justice, of reconciliation between people and between people and nature is something that is vitally needed and I urge everyone who is listening to think about – both for themselves – and trying to think about how we can encourage and spread more desirable, positive visions, whatever your definition of positive and desirable is”, Professor Peterson concludes.

Where to find inspiration?


The power of asking good questions for accessing the future


In their book, The Anthropology of the Future (2019), Bryant and Knight write about six ‘orientations’ – that is, six ways the future may affect our present:

    • Anticipation
    • Expectation
    • Speculation
    • Potentiality
    • Hope
    • Destiny

Alan Moore’s beautiful business is an inspirational beacon in the world of regeneration. 


As a designer, Alan Moore encourages us to design and build, indeed to create our world and shape the future in structures around us. 


Explore Alan’s rich website for more inspiration.


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Thea Skaanes

Thea er ph.d i antropologi og forsker i hadza jæger-samlere. Hendes forskningsfelt er dels religion, økonomi, organisationer, og med solid erfaring fra 13 år som museumsinspektør også ting, atmosfære og rum.


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