An open invitation to dream of new futures…

When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when we dream together it is the beginning of a new reality

Friedensreich Hundertwasser Architect, artist and early environmentalist

Here at Unity we’re hosting an event with Annette Mees, Creative Fellow for Wired/The Space  which I’m both really excited about and which is really important.

Not so long ago I attended the post referendum rally at St George’s Hall. Speaker after speaker pleaded for tolerance, for hope, for welcome.  Well thats what The Future Assembly is all about ….imagining the future we want in ten years time. This is really important stuff.

And if you are a teenager or over 60 I’d like to invite you to be part of that thinking. I’d like to invite you to be part of The Future Assembly – a two day workshop/exploration of what the future should/could be at Unity Project Space, Stanley Buildings, Hanover Street, Liverpool One on August 10th and 11th 2016.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead  Cultural anthropologist and Womens Rights activist

The Future Assembly is about young and old working together to design a collective future we can all believe in.  How we want to be together? What are individual roles and responsibilities are? How if our future belongs to us all do we have to work together to shape it.
The Future Assembly starts a national conversation to uncover visions of the possible futures that can inspire us all.  We’re really keen to get the right people there and we’d love it if you were interested and able to be part of the two day lab.

The project  works by bringing together teenages and over 60s to start creating a vision for the future.  In a 2 day intensive future/change lab we will use various tools to co-create a vision of the kind of the futures we want to happen 10 years from now.





 We have to free our mind, imagine what has never happened before and write social fiction. We need to imagine things to make them happen. If you dont imagine, it will never happen

Muhammad Yunus Nobel Peace Prize winner and pioneer of microcredit and microfinanceThis

This will be just one of five Future Assemblys happening across the country in Newcastle, Cornwall, Ipswich and London –  so your contribution will also be part of a national project.

Why the urgency?  We feel the project needs to happen now so it can bring a positive, creative voice to the post reforrendum debate.
If you would like to take up this invitation to join us  and are available 10-6pm on both the 10th and 11th August  would you let us know by e mail to and we’ll send you a very short link to a questionnaire we would like you to complete.

And if you have any particular questions (not answered on the FAQ below) then please dont hesitate to contact me on

I really hope you will be able to part of this incredibly important discussion.


Some initial FAQs

Who is leading The Future Assembly

The project has been initiated by Annette Mees, Creative Fellow for Wired / The Space. It is based on a cross continent project she has been developing called the Almanac of the Future, where she brings together 15 year olds with 65 year olds to imagine the future 50 years.

What kind of people are you looking for?

We are not looking for any particular type of people.
We are looking for a roughly equal mix of teenagers and over 60s.
We are looking for a broad mix of views.   We are looking to create as much diversity as possible within each of the Labs  socio-economical, political, gender, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants and those whose families have been on this island for longer.

When is it?

Wednesday 10th August and Thursday 11th August

Both days will run 10am to 6pm

Where is it?

Unity project space in Stanley Buildings, Liverpool One.In the centre of Liverpool, opposite Gostins.  We will send you more details when you sign up

Do I have to be available for both days

Preference will be given to people who are able to commit to the lab for both days but let Annemarie know and well see what we can do!

Will I have a good time


You’ll get to do lots of talking as well as use and explore the kinds of tools futurists use.  We’ll provide lunch on both days and make sure there is plenty of tea, coffee and soft drinks.

What happens to my input after the Liverpool Future Assembly

The findings of the Liverpool Future Assembly, and the other four Future Assemblys will be analysed by a group of experts including policy makers, city planners, service designers, futurists and others.  This group will work together to identity the possible pathways towards the future visions co-created in the Future/Change Labs. They will formulate possibilities, obstacles, questions and recommendations for government. The results will be presented at the national Party Conferences, including at the Labour Party Conference here in Liverpool.

What is the official blurb of the project

After the referendum, the country feels divided, the political parties are in turmoil and uncertainty about the future is prevalent. What we all share is a sense of powerlessness, a sense of uncertainty and a longing that whatever the future holds  More than anything we need to cross divides to create a vision of our collective future that we can all believe in. How do we want to be together? And what are our individual roles and responsibilities? Our future belongs to all of us  so we have to work together to shape it.  We need to identify visions of the future that are shared across the divides and we can identify visions of the future that juxtapose  that are burning points. We need experts to respond to these visions, ask them to identity the possible pathways towards these co-created future visions. And to formulate possibilities, obstacles, questions and recommendations for government and influencers.  We need the visions, insights, questions as a starting point for a conversation that will be raging for a while to come.

Key Contacts

To register interest  e mail Annemarie Martin on or call 0151 7096502

To ask any more burning questions  e mail Matthew Linley on


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