The Future of Urban Living consultation was organised and hosted by Future iQ® and St George’s House, Windsor Castle.
International experts from 10 countries, across 3 continents took part in the consultation. The consultation was by invitation only.
The consultation brought together global experts from key areas such as climate change, energy, food, agriculture, urban planning, architecture, transportation, sociology and work. These individuals brought recognised expertise to the discussion but, equally importantly, a clear sense of the relationship between their expertise and the future of urban living.
The consultation took the form of a practical scenario driven and foresight orientated process. The key features of the consultation included a deep exploration into future trends and emergent issues. Key drivers were identified, clustered and ranked in order to develop plausible scenarios for the future of urban living in 2050. The scenarios were tested with regards to shocks, opportunities and unexpected events. Plausibility mapping further tested the scenarios.
This process will help participants understand and assimilate the complex and interrelated forces that are combining to shape the future of urban living in 2050. The scenario development throughout the consultation enabled the production of four plausible scenarios of the future of urban living.
The results from the consultation formed The Future of Urban Living foresight paper, which was published by Future iQ®. It is expected that this publication will contribute to the larger public dialogue about the Future of Urban Living. A documentary of the event will also followed in 2019.