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UNESCO Professor’s card game makes more think about the future

During Världsarvsveckan (World Heritage Week) in southern Öland, the project Experimental Heritage in collaboration with Linnaeus University UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures, organised Framtidsspelet (The Future Game). Cornelius Holtorf, UNESCO Professor and Professor of Archeology at Linnaeus University, has created Framtidsspelet – an easy to-play card game that encouraged the participants to think about what the World Heritage in southern Öland will mean for future generations.

In Framtidsspelet, participants create a spontaneous story about the future. The game is aimed at anyone who is interested in issues related to heritage and the future.

– UNESCOs World Heritage sites are protected, and today we assume that they will be appreciated for the future, for about the same reasons as today. But will it really be so? The future will differ from the present. I want the participants to playfully think about what can happen in the future, that different things can happen, for example, depending on whether the future is considered in a shorter or longer perspective, says Cornelius.

- We had creative discussions about the meaning of heritage for future generations, says Emma Rydnér, World Heritage Coordinator Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland, Mörbylånga Muncipality. What will the future be like in one generation, in hundred years or in thousand years?

Framtidsspelet is organised by the research project Experimental Heritage in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University, and Mörbylånga Municipality.