The word choice is very powerful when discussing futures. In this talk we look at the many ways of expressing near-future realities. These realities are situated at the intersection of technology and future societies. Hence participatory speculative methods such as LARPS (live actions role plays), interactive visual and auditory performances, voting and auctions on future occurrences, and speculative lunches, are only a handful of ways that catapult everyday people into the future. In this talk, we experience and understand the various ways critical design can communicate to a large audience of designers and non-designers alike.