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Sketchin

Next futures

Designing transition towards sustainable futures

We join companies and organisations in exploring their future, anticipating possible challenges. By using Design Futures and Transition Design methods we exploit emerging technology opportunities to drive strategic change in viable and sustainable ways.

Next futures - Sketchin designed new experiences for the energy market, starting with new home automation technologiesNext futures - Sketchin in collaboration with BAK Economics have analysed global data and trends, imagining a future scenario for the city of Lugano and its mobility infrastructure in 2040.Landing Next futures - multifunctional physical space combining the bank's services with additional servicesNext futures - healthtech portalNext futures - Sketchin R&D team conducted strategic foresight defining future scenarios and the evolution of banking services in 2025 Landing Next futures - A centralised system was devised to optimise national storage resources

Exploring possible futures

The future itself does not exist, it is a possibility that may or may not happen. Instead, the challenges that await us in the future are clear: climate change, unequal access to resources, energy scarcity and exponential market-transforming technologies. Businesses, individuals and society are faced with a spectrum of contingencies, some of which are practically certain, some probable and some still unlikely.

We use different approaches, methods and tools to develop and explore possible futures. Design Futures, Speculative Design, Design Fiction, Participatory Futures, Transition Design: all allow us to analyze the future starting from the first transformation signs. These are already present and allow us to steer change along the most desirable trajectories. 

Our Program

01.

Futures Research: exploring and analysing the forces of change

We observe reality, identify signals, drivers, technological and regulatory changes, study and analyze forecasts to visualize possible futures (foresight) that transform the market, industry and socio-economic environment. We do not simply observe and decode phenomena but add traditional forms of analysis using the lens of statistics, economic analysis and sociology to identify a space of opportunity within the complexity and select the most relevant trajectories of change. We anticipate knowledge, not the future itself.

Possible activities
  • Scamming, research and analysis of trends, signals and drivers of change.
  • Future-oriented ethnographic and socio-economic research and analysis of emerging lifestyles.
  • Analysis of forecasting and strategic foresight reports and papers.
  • Strategic mapping of opportunity and risk areas.

02.

Future Scenario Design: generating alternative futures

Along a participatory and collaborative path conducted with all stakeholders - businesses, communities, experts, end-users - we shape a variety of future scenarios to exemplify different strategies, behaviours and hypotheses to immerse oneself in a possible tomorrow, experiencing it in advance, feeling it, creating an empathic relationship with it. We prototype products, services, environments and experiences that give rise to potential futures that enable a wider, mindful, focused debate.

Possible activities
  • Workshops and collaborative activities between stakeholders, communities and experts.
  • Development of future scenarios to explore different alternatives and perspectives.
  • Prototyping of products, services, environments and experiences.

03.

Transition strategy: activating change

We turn hypotheses into actions. But there are many ways to carry out potential, sometimes they exclude one another, sometimes they shape multi-layered initiatives: using information from the future to design products and services we are already producing today, creating long-term strategies and roadmaps to move individuals and organizations towards a desirable future, or nurturing public debate to transform opinions and priorities.

Possible activities
  • Prioritization and evaluation of identified strategic hypotheses.
  • Roadmaps and long-term strategies definition.
  • Strategic planning definition by detailing the actions, resources, capacities and relationships required.

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Futures Research: exploring and analysing the forces of change

02.

Future Scenario Design: generating alternative futures

03.

Transition strategy: activating change

We observe reality, identify signals, drivers, technological and regulatory changes, study and analyze forecasts to visualize possible futures (foresight) that transform the market, industry and socio-economic environment. We do not simply observe and decode phenomena but add traditional forms of analysis using the lens of statistics, economic analysis and sociology to identify a space of opportunity within the complexity and select the most relevant trajectories of change. We anticipate knowledge, not the future itself.

Learn more

Along a participatory and collaborative path conducted with all stakeholders - businesses, communities, experts, end-users - we shape a variety of future scenarios to exemplify different strategies, behaviours and hypotheses to immerse oneself in a possible tomorrow, experiencing it in advance, feeling it, creating an empathic relationship with it. We prototype products, services, environments and experiences that give rise to potential futures that enable a wider, mindful, focused debate.

Learn more

We turn hypotheses into actions. But there are many ways to carry out potential, sometimes they exclude one another, sometimes they shape multi-layered initiatives: using information from the future to design products and services we are already producing today, creating long-term strategies and roadmaps to move individuals and organizations towards a desirable future, or nurturing public debate to transform opinions and priorities.

Learn more
Possible activities
  • Scamming, research and analysis of trends, signals and drivers of change.
  • Future-oriented ethnographic and socio-economic research and analysis of emerging lifestyles.
  • Analysis of forecasting and strategic foresight reports and papers.
  • Strategic mapping of opportunity and risk areas.
Possible activities
  • Workshops and collaborative activities between stakeholders, communities and experts.
  • Development of future scenarios to explore different alternatives and perspectives.
  • Prototyping of products, services, environments and experiences.
Possible activities
  • Prioritization and evaluation of identified strategic hypotheses.
  • Roadmaps and long-term strategies definition.
  • Strategic planning definition by detailing the actions, resources, capacities and relationships required.