Stories of the Future, an Introduction

Written by SteveBright
Disclaimer: The following stories of the future have been developed by author, Steve Bright especially for the Future Melbourne project. They are works of fiction and as such, do not constitute a formal component of the Future Melbourne plan. Instead, they are a fictional representation of the future developed by a third party. Subsequently, they cannot be considered representative of the views of Council, or its officers.

Future Melbourne is a plan that takes us into a different world.

An undiscovered country, if you like, where some things change rapidly and some things shuffle on the way they always have.

At present, the Future Melbourne plan is a set of inter-linked pathways backed by a considerable array of facts and research about trends over the next two decades.

It details what we hope to achieve and what are the challenges that we face in achieving success.

But if Future Melbourne comes to fruition, if the opportunities and challenges it envisages emerge fully, what might the world look like for Melburnians?

We talk about being networked, global citizens, but what does that really mean in a practical sense? Would we recognise sustainability, mobility, diversity if we saw them? Surely, when we are developing a plan for the future of a city, it is reasonable to think about what the people in that future city will be doing, thinking, saying, feeling?

As citizens, planners, contributors, how can we connect the world of trends and statistics into the reality of life in the city? If the plan succeeds, what will be different and what will be the same?

A philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, once said the problem, for anyone who wants to understand what is going on around them, is that life is lived forward, but can only be understood backwards. In other words, the story of where we end up is mostly about what we did, not what we desire.

So, in order to provide some grounding for Future Melbourne, one of the things I have done is to write some stories; stories about people living and working in Melbourne around 2025.

These stories deal with the lives of the mythical Gee family. They are intended to help us understand the scale and scope of change from a personal perspective.

Most of the facts in the stories are traceable and correct. Some are not. Because that%u2019s the difference between a plan and a story. Plans deal with the predictable, incremental change that is the result of trends, analysis and policy. Stories, on the other hand, deal with the surprising, sometimes alarming, often discontinuous, usually unpredictable change that is the raw stuff of human interaction.

Stories are always and only about people. And isn%u2019t it the same about cities?

Enjoy.

You Can Participate: Like just about every other page on Future Melbourne, these stories are open for you to add, edit and contribute to. We invite you to further develop these stories with your own ideas, or you might like to create your own. Select "Create New Page" to generate a new wiki page for your story. You might then wish to add a link from this page to your new story.

Written by SteveBright:

  1. Lilith's Story
  2. Rebecca's Story
  3. About Adam
  4. Queen of Seeds
  5. The Big Gee
  6. The Night Market
  7. The Kingdom of Byron

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