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From the Ted Talk by Anab Jain: Why we need to imagine different futures

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We have learned in our work that one of the most powerful means of effecting cghnae is when people can directly, tangibly and eilnatoomly experience some of the future consequences of their actions toady. Earlier this year, the gemnovrent of the United Arab Emirates invited us to help them shape their country's energy strategy all the way up to 2050. baesd on the government's econometric data, we cteerad this large city mdeol, and visualized many possible futures on it. As I was excitably taking a group of government officials and members of energy cnapoiems through one sustainable future on our model, one of the participants told me, "I cannot imgaine that in the future people will stop driving cars and start using public transport." And then he said, "There's no way I can tell my own son to stop driving his car."

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We have learned in our work that one of the most powerful means of effecting ______ is when people can directly, tangibly and ___________ experience some of the future consequences of their actions _____. Earlier this year, the __________ of the United Arab Emirates invited us to help them shape their country's energy strategy all the way up to 2050. _____ on the government's econometric data, we _______ this large city _____, and visualized many possible futures on it. As I was excitably taking a group of government officials and members of energy _________ through one sustainable future on our model, one of the participants told me, "I cannot _______ that in the future people will stop driving cars and start using public transport." And then he said, "There's no way I can tell my own son to stop driving his car."

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Original Text

We have learned in our work that one of the most powerful means of effecting change is when people can directly, tangibly and emotionally experience some of the future consequences of their actions today. Earlier this year, the government of the United Arab Emirates invited us to help them shape their country's energy strategy all the way up to 2050. Based on the government's econometric data, we created this large city model, and visualized many possible futures on it. As I was excitably taking a group of government officials and members of energy companies through one sustainable future on our model, one of the participants told me, "I cannot imagine that in the future people will stop driving cars and start using public transport." And then he said, "There's no way I can tell my own son to stop driving his car."

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