Tivoli Utopia Discussion Game (henceforth Tivoli Utopia) has been designed as an iterative and collaborative process by a team of three: futures specialist Jenna Puikkonen, storyteller Ulla Pulkka and me as a service designer.
Welcome to Tivoli Utopia – a discussion game for envisioning alternative sustainable futures

Tivoli Utopia takes its players to a future, where humankind has already faced several surprising and disruptive wicked problems from climate change to biodiversity loss and the bouncy end of the fossil-based economy. In other words, the society has jumped out from the growth-oriented capitalistic, economic system – in which people are just trying to succeed and maintain the living standards – to some kind of holistic values and humanity emphasising livelihood system. One could say that it is also a shift from our current information and tech oriented society into a utopian dream society where everything is possible.

However, the details of the future are to be discussed and decided based on the economical, societal, political and environmental values of the players. The only fact is that everything will be different than now. And as the future happens in an amusement park, don’t forget to enjoy and have fun! Because what’s the point in life without laughter and enjoyment?

The game gathers together 3-8 young adults to have a meaningful discussions

The mission is to bring the positive futures thinking and visioning as an incremental part of studying and promote an open discussion culture on practical utopias; the desirable, feasible and societal designs of the future. The game aims to strengthen students’ own trust into visioning their own futures. The first step of this change happens by understanding that the future doesn’t just happen but is instead something that we all can affect on. The second step is to start acting accordingly. Event these goals are rather huge, game as a method embodies the possibility of making the difficult processes, like the futures visioning, approachable and tangible. In addition, a game as a setup makes addressing alternative sustainable futures related to heavy, complex and frustrating topics like climate change in a safe environment in a safe and positive way. While doing so, it also encourages the players to get rid of the present day’s human made laws and restrictions. Looking from a wider societal perspective the Tivoli Utopia responds to the need for the tools to comprehend the science based facts about wicked problems we are facing in the future.

The iterations have been supported by Sitra, Global Education Fund from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland, Committee for Public Information (TJNK) Child and Nature Foundation, The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare and Youth Academy.

Got interested? Get in touch and visit  tivoliutopia.fi  for further information.

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