The Creative Science Foundation (CSf) is a not-for-profit education organization, dedicated to the exploration and promotion of creative methods for supporting science, engineering, business and sociopolitical innovation through various activities such as organising courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, journals, publications and projects.
The core methodology is the use of creative arts (eg writing, films etc) as a means to introduce innovations into science, engineering, business and sociopolitical systems. It differs to foresight activities as it doesn’t aim to be predictive (forecasting the future), rather it focuses on innovation (creating new concepts, schemes, services and products). The main (but not exclusive) methodology is the use of science-fiction / fantasy stories, grounded in existing practice which are written for the explicit purpose of acting as prototypes for people to explore a wide variety of futures. These ‘prototypes’ (commonly called Science Fiction Prototypes), can be created by scientists, engineers, business or sociopolitical professionals to stretch their work or, for example, by writers, film/stage directors, school children and members of the public to influence the work of professionals. In this way these stories act as a way of involving the widest section of the population to help set the research agenda. and thereby empowering everyone to have a hand in shaping the future. Science Fiction Prototyping is part of a larger family fiction based innovation and ‘future planning’ methodologies which, in addition, include include Design Fiction (the use of narrative scenarios to explore design related issues), Diegetic Innovation Templating (getting inspiration for innovations from pre-existing fiction written for the purpose of entertainment) and Threatcasting (a derivative of Science Fiction Prototyping that allows planners to reason about future risks, and find ways to mitigate them). The differences are explained on our FAQ page.
The Foundation organises various events where scientists, engineers, researchers, business professionals, politicians, sociologists, writers, artists, and the general public come together and use science-fiction as a common language to explore the futures they want to build which, if you are interested in our work, we encourage you to attend.
Video Introducing the Creative Science Foundation
- Tsinghua University Press launches new science-fiction prototyping book aimed at teaching English and creative-thinking.
- Intel and Maker Media have launched the 21st Century Robot project and book which Warner Brothers have optioned the film rights.
- If you are interested in reading books that reflect on futures past and to come, check out this list.
- See a timeline showing the main CSf events (from its birth to today).