Futures Literacy

In its role as a Global Laboratory of Ideas, UNESCO is pioneering a powerful change in why and how people ‘use-the-future’.

What is Futures Literacy (FL)?

FL is a capability. It is the skill that allows people to better understand the role that the future plays in what they see and do. People can become more skilled at ‘using-the-future’, more ‘futures literate’, because of two facts. One is that the future does not yet exist, it can only be imagined. Two is that humans have the ability to imagine. As a result, humans are able to learn to imagine the future for different reasons and in different ways. Thereby becoming more ‘futures literate’.

Futures Literacy Labs (FLLs) and Chairs


Laboratories of the New World - Libreville, Gabon

Futures Literacy (Playlist)

Global Futures Literacy Design Forum (Playlist)

For further information

Are you or your organisation interested in learning more and becoming a champion in Futures Literacy, a volunteer, co-designing an FLL, or becoming part of the Global Futures Literacy Network? Send us a message!

Riel Miller
Head of Futures Literacy
Kwamou Eva Feukeu
Project Officer
Christine Kavazanjian

Sally Lin
Design/Communication Volunteer
Alex Lemery
External Relations Volunteer