Oxford Futures Forum

The Futures Forum nurtures new collaborations in research, practice, and education focused on scenario planning.

The Oxford Futures Forum (OFF) is a triennial two-day meeting of practitioners and scholars geared towards nurturing new collaborations in research, practice, and education focused on scenario planning. Since 2005, the OFF has sought to confront scholarship from different fields with scenario practice to advance scholarly understanding of why and how scenarios work. In doing so, it fosters the development of new joint projects, publications, exhibitions, events and other activities. In the 2014 OFF, the authors, as co-conveners the event, proposed exploring the new theoretical terrain opened up through focusing on design, a field that is becoming more theorized and also emerges from practice. In addition to open space dialogue, the curated exhibition, Future Things, enabled greater generative dialogue by providing examples of visual and sensory means for conceptualization and interaction that represent futures in novel ways.

In 2017, the Oxford Futures Forum was co-hosted by Yasser Bhatti, Lucy Kimbell, Rafael Ramirez and Cynthia Selin and brought together by Saïd Business School, Green-Templeton College, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives from Arizona State University and benefited from scholarships generously funded by the Global Business Policy Council of AT Kearney.