Future happens. The sheer momentum of events around us drives the speed and direction of the future. If you do not intervene, the rate and direction of the change is upon you, wether you like it or not.
The future not only unleashes its surprises, shocks and wonders (if we are lucky) but also alters our ability to drive the direction and change of the future. The undesigned future has greater exposure to black swans or unlikely events. It exposes us to high risks and potentially reduces our ability to restore balance and reduce risk.
More often than not our everyday efforts at management are a struggle to cope with the way the future has happened. They are a testimony to the failure of future designs that provide us respite rather than require faster and faster response. They are evidence of increasing unsustainablity of our activity. They expose our failure to make our worlds more resilient; to make our worlds more stable; to ensure our worlds are more responsive to our governance. They expose our failed designs. After all design, as Steve Jobs described it, is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Designing futures could never have been more important than now as the world is increasingly a complex web of interconnected systems unleashing high risk into the future.
Designing future is for those who wish to reduce their risks from black swans, build ressilience, increase respite, reduce the need for faster response, increase stability and to ensure our world is more responsive to our governance. Desgining the future is to elegantly join means with worthy ends, as David Orr, Professor at the Oberlin College, put it.