Making Futures

How can we discuss the future? Is there a way to navigate a tomorrow of infinite possibilities? Entrepreneur or not, it is an advantage to understand where we are going.

This workshop will help you to understand how to navigate this great uncertainty by identifying trends, so called “weak signals”, and speculate on their future implications. You will be introduced to the process of articulating and materializing future scenarios, open up new research questions and shine a light on opportunities and spaces for questions. You will be presented with several thought models, practical tools and examples coming from the field of “speculative design“, a field that has emerged as a way to test alternative realities and ways of living.

Skills Learned in this workshop

  • This workshop is like the Trendspotting course in a nutshell. You will learn how to identify and consider relevant trends and weak signals from a variety of fields; from scientific and technological developments, new social behaviors, political trends, economic tendencies and the like.
  • How to interpret and explore the impact they may have on our future landscape.
  • How to articulate and express a future scenario in way that engages and includes your audience into a conversation about the future.

Who should attend?

  • This workshop is perfect for those of you interested in thinking long-term and large scale.
  • If you are more interested in asking questions than providing answers.
  • If you are interested in following a more ‘artistic’ and explorative approach to innovation.
  • If you didn’t get the chance to enroll into the full ‘Future Thinking and Trend spotting’ course.

In order to get the most out of this weekend workshop you should come with an open and curious mind and willingness to engage in dialogue and hands on exercises with other students, as you will be working closely together over the two days.


All students and alumni of SSES member universities are eligible to apply to this workshop. We get many applications and unfortunately cannot accept everyone. The selection process is outlined below:


  1. Application is reviewed
  2. Selection is made and confirmation email is sent out
  3. Participant must confirm his or her seat in order to secure the spot
  4. If spots are not confirmed in time, the waitlist will be reviewed and new participants selected

About the teacher

Pomme van Hoof (NL) is a designer working at the innovation department of the Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset) where she works with design methods to improve health care services. She also consults for larger companies, institutions and universities. Clients include the far future research departments Philips Design Probes, Electrolux Vision and Probing, and vHM Design futures within which she worked with innovation strategies, identifying trends and shaping future scenarios.

Pomme graduated with honors from The Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Experience Design from Konstfack University in Stockholm (SE). She is the course director for our “Trendspotting and Future Thinking” course.

See also: http://www.pommevanhoof.com


Mar 02–03 - 2019
10:00 - 17:00


SSES, Saltmätargatan 9, 4th floor


Applications are open until Feb 15th.