Service Design meets Futures Thinking – IN ACTION

Before our 2nd blog post for the series of Service Design meets Futures Thinking, we have a special news for you !

The first test environment for combining Futures Thinking with Design Thinking takes place in Helsinki in two weeks ! This is an invitation to all design thinkers, futures thinkers, strategic minds and innovative leaders to take part in the day on Friday 9th November at the heart of Helsinki, Finland – The World Design Capital 2012.

LaFutura is here !

THE PLACE TO BE: LaFutura2012, 9thNovember

LaFutura is a unique event for futures oriented community of experts who explore opportunities and create possibilities for lasting change.  LaFutura has been organized twice before, last year simultaneously in Berlin and New York, where it brought together over 100 experts involved in future trends and innovation. This year, LaFutura 2012 is organized by Futures Specialists Helsinki  (a non-profit network co-founded by Minna Koskelo) in co-operation with TrendONE GmbH and our sponsors (including Laurea / SID).


In the midst of the major shifts Europe is facing we are likely to see less of the same and more of the unprecedented. We will explore the key dilemmas and uncover obstacles and opportunities under the themes of hyper-local economies, new food ecologies, models for citizen action and modes of open collaboration. We hope to co-create something unique around these themes combined with diverse approaches.


In addition to the themes, the emphasis this year is to discuss and explore different methods for visioning the future. With that in mind, LaFutura 2012 chooses to follow Design Thinking principles and call itself an “UnConference”: Meaning that we will not introduce traditional conference flow elements with key notes and presentations but choose an alternative path. Therefore, the time is spent on sharing experiences, ideation and free-flowing workshops. By working on four different themes our purpose is to examine, develop create our tools, methods and modes of thinking – together. The day will be kick-started by inspiring speed notes where innovative forerunner cases from different fields are presented.


The idea is to elaborate our approach to build viable futures with simple yet effective tools. We all know some methods from different fields and thus, together we can explore and harness those combined with our fascinating and voluminous themes of the day!

The future is already here.


On behalf of organizing team of LaFutura 2012 / Members of Futures Specialists Helsinki network,

Minna Koskelo (LinkedIn) & Anu K. Nousiainen (Linkedin)

7 thoughts on “Service Design meets Futures Thinking – IN ACTION

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  3. We will share our learnings and reflections from LaFutura 2012 UnConference here in SID Laurea blog. But first, we need to experience it 🙂 /Anu K N

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