Call for papers and other contributions

The centre of expertise Applied Futures Research – Open Time of the Erasmus University College in Brussels and M HKA (Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp) are collaborating on an exceptional three day conference linked to the 2017 summer exhibition ‘A Temporary Futures Institute’.

We will host academic and professional futurists from the global North and South as well as artists and designers, professionals from development (cooperation), (public) policy, business (management) and civil society. DDT sets the scene for connecting images of the futures, futures orientations and experiences from these different fields of practice.

We are now inviting contributions on how futures approaches are applied in the wild, including:

  • the diversity of approaches to futures and their theoretical bases
  • futures methods, projects, programmes and related images of the future from your practice
  • what artists and futurists make of the futures
  • practical futures perspectives in developing contexts, in business, policy and civil society
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Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios

Sharing the video clip and news article (and related sites) of the UNESCO Bangkok and Chulalongkorn University Thailand spearheaded future literacy workshop entitled “Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios”.

I am so happy to be a part of this and looking forward to co-designing a couple of post-workshop events and projects in the Philippines, Pakistan, India and Vietnam.

Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios Video

Rethinking Education through Imagining Future Scenarios News Article

Link to related reports

This workshop engaged community-based learning and non-formal education practitioners from Asia and the Pacific in a three-day learning-by-doing knowledge creation process. Inspiration for this event originated in the important discussions taking place around the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the critical role of learning in creating sustainable societies, and UNESCO’s efforts to explore these issues as discussed in a recent publication Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good? (UNESCO, 2015)

The design of this “FL KnowLab” starts with a deep appreciation of the significant societal role played by education, learning and training outside formal educational institutions. It recognizes the need for a more fluid approach to learning as a continuum, in which formal education institutions interact more closely with other less formalized educational experiences from early childhood throughout life (UNESCO 2015). The workshop design also incorporates the premise that the delivery of lifelong learning through flexible and need-specific approaches by practitioners of community-based learning and non-formal education can play a central role in the discovery and realization of opportunities to promote sustainable development. (UNESCO, 2015)


“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer remains” Eric Hoffler, Philosopher (extracted from UNESCO’s How Do We Identify Great Opportunities? A Reflective report, 2015)

Welcome to the Future!

To paraphrase a brainy quote from the great Yogi Berra, the future isn’t what it used to be and the setting in which the country operates is shifting rapidly at the local and global levels. The direction, shape and provision of higher education, learning, research, industry demands, workplace settings and society will be very different from what we see today.

Roughly three to four months ago, the board of directors of Northwestern University (NWU) Laoag approved the creation of the Philippine Center for Foresight Education and Innovation Research (PhilForesight). PhilForesight was establish to  advance forward knowledge, futures awareness, education and research and the application of futures studies and strategic foresight in the Philippines. The idea to establish a center dedicated to futures studies and foresight was conceived in one of many after conference conversations we’ve had at the UNESCO Laoag futures literacy knowledge lab forum-workshop.

As a forerunner of futures studies and strategic foresight in the Philippines, the PhilForesight is a hub for futures and strategic foresight teaching (theories, knowledge, content), research (method), innovation and action-learning (applied).   Philforesight aims to advance futures studies and strategic foresight on a social and wider scale.

An after UNESCO FL KnowLab forum workshop open space and dinner for facilitators and organizers hosted by Northwestern University last year

An after UNESCO Futures Literacy Knowledge Laboratory forum workshop  dinner and open space for facilitators and organizers hosted by Northwestern University last year

Northwestern University through the University Center for Research and Development (UCRD) took a case study approach to create and shape the operating design and framework of the PhilForesight center. NWU took note and learned much from real life and learning by acting examples, skype and email conversations and engagements with six of the top futures and foresight institutes and international organizations in the world – the Hawaii Research Institute of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii, the Graduate institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University Taiwan, the Center for Engaged Foresight, the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems at the University of Trento, Italy, the UNESCO HQ Foresight Section and the World Futures Studies Federation.

Also, last summer, Northwestern University via its institutional planning office and Philforesight funded and organized  a six days foresight driven strategic planning forum-workshop for its middle and senior level managers and supervisors to explore and create the university’s alternative and preferred futures and to identify emerging opportunities or to borrow UNESCO’s context, “great opportunities” ahead. NWU hopes to share  its learning by doing experiences on how foresight drives and informs Northwestern University’s strategic and scenario plans, human resource, organizational development, leadership and decision-making.

Maree Conway lecture on foresight driven planning and planning beyond the status quo at the 2015 NWU Strategic Planning Conference.

Maree Conway lecture on foresight driven planning and at the 2015 NWU Strategic Planning Conference

This month, PhilForesight in partnership with the World Futures Studies Federation, Step Beyond and the University of Northern Philippines hosted and organized the WFSF’s Learning Lab project on futures literacy for women city leaders in Vigan City and in partnership with the Rotary Club of Manila, the future agenda forum on the future of food and water.

WFSF Learning Lab on futures literacy for women city leaders, Vigan City, 2015

WFSF Learning Lab on futures literacy for women city leaders, Vigan City, 2015

Future of Food and Water and the World in 2025. Casino De Espanol De Manila.

Future of Food and Water and the World in 2025. Casino De Espanol De Manila. Future Agenda 2.0. 2015.

PhilForesight Director Shermon Cruz at the Asia Pacific Foresight Network Conference at Tamkang University, Taiwan

PhilForesight at the Asia Pacific Foresight Network Conference at Tamkang University, Taiwan. 2015.

In a nutshell, PhilForesight’s objectives and services are: 1. To contribute to the global effort of creating spaces and opportunities for futures thinking, education, networking, leadership and development – theory and applied; 2. Offer futures thinking courses (for NWU students and its communities), workshops and events and activities and opportunities for internships – international and local; 3. Become a knowledge incubator and build partnerships with the private sector, industry, government, international organizations, think tanks, super-empowered individuals, futurists among others.

The goal of any organization is to empower, PhilForesight provides avenues to capacitate individuals and organizations to develop alternative and innovative ways to create their preferred future.

For more about PhilForesight and Northwestern University, please check these links –

Social Innovation and Foresight Workshop for Emerging Leaders

Social and cultural learning, the study of myth and metaphor, the arts and immersive storytelling can enrich our meaning of life and alter and even transform our  personal and collective social outlook. The stories, the discourse, myth or narrative that inform us and our imaginations creates the world and the reality we live in.

We want to explore communities, young and emerging leaders futures EQ/IQ and engage them to deep innovation and social foresight.  Creating high quality images, stories and understanding about local futures and applying these in useful ways like developing a policy, organizing a movement, guiding a strategy, avoiding or mitigating disasters and pursuing social innovations is social foresight (Foresight International, 2014).

The Center for Engaged Foresight and its host of  “city networks” will hold a workshop on Social Innovation and Foresight for Emerging Leaders on the 20th of September at the Joe 10’s Coffee Shop Laoag.  The event will be held in different parts  of the country in Laoag, Vigan, San Fernando, Baguio, Manila, Cebu, and Davao city.

For pre-registration and inquiry please contact us at 09479639858;  (mobile); 09088807040 or 607-0343 (phone) or email us @

So this is where we will launch the social foresight event @ Joe 10’s Coffee shop – free wifi with an amazing patio and  lounge areas 🙂

Joe 10's Coffee Shop. Photo credit to Mr. Richard Bumanglag, Laoag City, 2014

Joe 10’s Coffee Shop. Photo credit to Mr. Richard Bumanglag, Laoag City, 2014

Social Foresight workshop @ Joe 10's Coffee Shop, 2014.

Social Foresight workshop @ Joe 10’s Coffee Shop, 2014.

Joe 10's Coffee. Photo credit to Ms. Tina Tan, 2014,

Joe 10’s Coffee. Photo credit to Ms. Tina Tan, 2014,


Joe 10’s Coffee. Photo credit to Ms. Tina Tan, 2014,