Hello, we promised that we would provide an update on how things have been going with contributions to our 'futures experiment'.
Well, after a slow start the progress has been encouraging - we have had a good number of contributions, from a diversity of contributors, writing from a range of locations - including Belgium, France, the UK, Australia and the USA.
We are continuing to collect contributions until the end of June - yes please: if you have yet to contribute, or have done so but would like to add something, then just send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org - thank you!
While we collect any further contributions we will now start to run the analysis of those we have had. This involves using keyword analysis to identify the range of themes and 'signals' that exist across the range of contributions, with rare occurrences receiving the same amount of attention as more frequent occurrences. We then design ways to represent/describe the categories and themes and present these to you - probably via this Blog to start with. We may then ask some further questions, and/or present what we call 'provocations', designed to get contributors to look at other contributions and ideas and to comment. Finally, we may examine ways to ask people to prioritise across the whole collection of themes.
If all this sounds a bit 'heavy-duty', we don't believe it will be like that when you come to it - and we hope that your interest in the interim results will lead you into the further participation!
In the end, if all goes well, then we will publish the results and perhaps see if they might attract wider attention. The aim is to complete this by the end of August.
So, please stick with the process - thank you so much!