Why is it called Undiscipline?
Undiscipline is about thinking outside the box, challenging the status quo, defining our future based on our terms, not on outdated or out of touch stories about how we or the world should be.
Why did you develop this?
As the designers of this tool and platform, we are personally concerned, but also hopeful for our future. By creating this, we wanted to address a gap in creative tools to empower students to imagine diverse possibilities; to talk to each other about what’s important or worrisome, and raise our collective student voice. It’s not easy to imagine the world 20 or 30 years from now, but we want all students to have a say in what happens to our planet, our opportunities, and the generations that follow us.
Our vision is to spark students to take ownership of the future. We want all our peers to become part of a greater conversation.
Where can I play?
We are currently piloting this tool with a few schools, but it also works as a stand alone activity. All you need is a group of four people. The components are available to download and print.
Let us know if you’d like to see it in other places!
How often can I play?
We need many images of the future. Each one created helps all of us learn something. We encourage you to participate as many times as you want. Every time you play, you will engage in different conversations and new insights will emerge. You will also be supporting your peers in reflecting on their feelings.
What is strategic foresight?
Generally speaking, the purpose of strategic foresight is to provoke imagination of what’s possible in the future outside of our assumptions, everyday perceptions, or beliefs in order to make more informed decisions today.
For over 50 years, organizations, corporations and governments have been using this approach to detect signals of change and ask questions about what could happen in the future based on the trends they are seeing. This helps them prepare and develop strategies to adapt or push for certain realities.
What’s unique about Undiscipline is that we are expanding this approach for students to use on a personal and collective level as a means to empower them.
You can read more about strategic foresight and futures thinking here.
This is the third iteration of our tool. We encourage you to provide us with feedback so that we can continue to refine it.
How long does it take?
We recommend doing all phases of inquiry consecutively, which takes approximately three hours. We know it’s sometimes hard to find time, so we’ve also broken it down to be played in three separate sections.
How much does it cost?
Thanks to our partners who have invested in us (ecampusOntario) this tool is FREE!