FLiNT sets out to cast new light upon the importance of narrative in (1) framing, (2) shaping, and (3) critiquing the world-building techniques that form the foundation of futures thinking and Futures Literacy (FL). Significantly, each of these interrogations is informed by practical insights into FL-in-action, garnered through research collaborations with various national government agencies and initiatives conducted under the auspices of the UK-based Futures Literacy through Narrative (FLiNT) project.
FLiNT’s research to date has focused upon testing innovative theories and creative methods in real-world contexts, and the project’s key objective is to build a new network of government policy-makers, practitioners, and academics with interests and expertise in futures and narrative. In this way, FLiNT aims to bolster the on-going co-development of a “toolkit” of creative futures methods, specifically around the more sophisticated use of narrative for better envisaging uncertain futures and communicating those possible futures in impactful ways.
- Through collaborative, character-led storytelling we can open up new insights into stakeholder relationships with uncertain and complex futures.
- By better understanding the role of narrative archetypes, genres, and forms, we can better understand both the possibilities and the limitations of the human imagination when it comes to futures thinking.