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The Future for Beginners

Image by Timothy Eliot Spurr

On a small peninsula, five towns are preparing to make a comeback. Unjustly forgotten by the world, the community is about to launch a major cultural festival to revitalise the area.

In the hours before the opening ceremony, a tropical storm strengthens into one of the strongest storms in the decade, heading straight for the town.

Now, in the face of a world-changing climate shock, the leaders of these sleepy peninsula need to put on the show of their lives…

The Future for Beginners is a hands-on simulation for up to 30 players. Working together over 80 minutes, players negotiate challenges and make decisions to create an unforgettable cultural event in the face of catastrophe.

Image by Timothy Eliot Spurr

Created by David Finnigan, Melanie Frances and Becky-Dee Trevenen, in collaboration with Chatham House, the London Design Biennale and Coney. Creative consultancy by Matthew Pitfield.

Design by Becky-Dee Trevenen.

The Future for Beginners was launched as part of the 2023 London Design Biennale at Somerset House.

Images by Timothy Eliot Spurr