As underlined in Everstate’s characteristics, time in strategic foresight and warning is a crucial problem that still needs much effort and research before we obtain proper and actionable timelines – and this without even considering timeliness.
For the Chronicles of Everstate, I have been struggling with the best way to present time in our very imperfect knowledge and understanding context.
One of the solutions was to locate the Chronicles in a very distant time, which is what I suggested in Everstate’s characteristics. However, considering the unconscious or conscious mental associations that will be made by readers for years so far away as 5230, this was unsatisfactory. To use a less precise timeline such as the Near Future and the Far Future was also disappointing as we would then lose a temporal outline – however imperfect – that is crucial in terms of policies and responses.
The solution* that seems to be the best is to remain true to our methodology. As we created an imaginary modern nation-state, let us create the corresponding imaginary time, Evertime: a time that mirrors our own as if in a parallel dimension. We shall thus starts the Chronicles of Everstate in 2011 EVT (EVT being the acronym for Evertime).
Using years mirroring ours will also help us identifying, in the future, and thus with hindsight, what needs to be improved and why in terms of methodology and research, and thus will contribute to improve our analysis.
*This solution was found during a brainstorming with a graphic designer, artist, author and game designer, Jean-Dominique Lavoix-Carli, to whom I am truly indebted for helping this idea to emerge. This underlines, once more, the value of brainstorming involving people coming from very different and diverse backgrounds.