The future is not a self-fulfilling prophecy but a trend that we can influence. Tiina Väänänen and Ines Gullichsen, two of NAOF's young professionals, report on SuomiAreena, the public debate forum held in Pori. NAOF launched its young professionals’ programme in May 2018. The programme offers professionals at the start of their careers a broad perspective of the agency's work, while at the same time, it provides NAOF with fresh insights and new ideas. This is the first of the blogs that the young professionals will publish at VTV.fi during the programme.