Our report on the City Futures for City Leaders WFSF Learning Lab in Penang Malaysia was published in the Journal of Futures Studies September 2014 edition. JFS website and PDF copy is available here http://www.jfs.tku.edu.tw/?page_id=5211 and http://www.jfs.tku.edu.tw/
Here is the preview of the paper.
“Cities have emerged as change agents towards sustainable futures. Discussion about its size, food routes, transportation, health, climate change and community resilience has shifted the way cities are perceived into the future. Questions persist such as: How do we create the inclusive city? How do cities ensure spatial justice and equal access to urban resources and opportunities amidst the impacts of climate change? How do we link strategic foresight to urban governance and strategy development? These are some of the big questions that decisionmakers, thought leaders, academics and city dwellers continue to explore.”
And the World Futures Studies Federation LEALA Learning Lab link here http://www.wfsf.org/our-activities/world-futures-learning-lab
“Who Rules the World?”
A Call for Papers for a 2014 Special Edition of Foresight on Global Governance / Ruling Power
Guest Edited by Professor Dennis R. Morgan
Every research paper begins with a question. Of course, it doesn’t always have to be a single question; sometimes, it’s a set of related questions. Still, the single question, which may yet entail a set of related questions, seems to be more effective because it is more focused.
The type of question that one investigates and researches should be one that promises to make a contribution to the field that the question concerns; moreover, the question should be one that no one has asked, or at least one that may have been asked but was not answered fully.
The question proposed for futurists and other scholars to research and respond to with findings is: “Who rules the world?”
Now, this question concerning global ruling power has indeed been asked in a 2010 Futures publication by Bernd Hamm, who also stated that the question has not received as much attention in futures as it should. On this point, we concur; however, though this question is of great significance to the futures field, the significance was not demonstrated as fully as it could be if addressed by several authors in a special edition. Also, the conclusion drawn from Dr. Hamm’s study does not offer prospects for the future; in other words, the case is presented as an insolvable problem, for no solution or prognosis is offered.
For these two reasons, we anticipate various reactions from prospective authors; therefore, Dr. Hamm’s paper serves as a fine springboard (and recommended reading) to revisit the question in a collection of papers that will, no doubt, feature diverse perspectives in response. For example, the question itself seems to assume that the world is being ruled – a contentious assertion that is, by no means settled; hence, it’s also acceptable to question the question. On the other hand, those who do accept ruling power as a given should provide evidence, argue its significance for the futures field, and/or provide a prognosis for (the) global future(s) based on ruling power as a fact of existence in the world today.
The special edition “Who rules the world?” will most likely feature 5 or 6 papers, scheduled to be published at the end of 2014.
Abstract submissions are due at the end of December 2013. Upon acceptance of abstract, full submissions will open at the end of February and will continue until the end of May.
Submission of Abstracts: 31 Dec 2013
Notification of Authors: 21 Jan 2014
Submission of Manuscripts: 21 March 2014
Reviews / Notifications: 30 April 2014
Final Papers: 31 May 2014
Abstract Submission: Foresight Special Issue on Global Governance / Ruling Power
Guidance on preparation of abstracts available: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/authors/guides/write/abstracts.htm
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On October 14, 2013 UNESCO will hold the second of the “UNESCO Future Lecture Series: Foresight Frontiers” and the UNESCO Future Seminar “Exploring the Attributes, Role and Organization of Horizon Scanning – With Case Studies from Africa, Asia and Europe”. The event will be from 10:00 to 13:00 (GMT+2) at the UNESCO Headquarters @ Room IX; Address: 7, place de Fontenoy 75007.
The lecture will be available via webcast on http://www.unesco.org.
Below are the details and background of the UNESCO Lecture Series project.
The UNESCO Future Lecture Series: Foresight Frontiers serves as a platform for sharing the latest developments in the field of Future Studies from around the world. The guiding aim of the Series is to explore how Future Studies is advancing the capacity of decision makers to use the future to understand the complex emergent present. Being able to think beyond extrapolation based on existing models is not only a necessity if humanity is to take advantage of the open character of the universe (non-deterministic, full of novelty) but also a capability that can be enhanced through the advancement and diffusion of ‘futures literacy’.
This second edition of Foresight Frontiers welcomes Anita Kelleher, Principal of Designer Futures (www.designerfutures.com.au), Chair of The Millennium Project of Australia (www.millennium-project.com) and Founding Partner of The Centre for Australian Foresight (www.cfaf.com.au), and Philine Warnke, Senior Scientist of the Innovation Systems Department, Austrian Institute of Technology (http://www.ait.ac.at). Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and French.
In the afternoon, from 14:30 to 17:30 (GMT+2), UNESCO is organizing a UNESCO Future Seminar on the theme “Exploring the Attributes, Role and Organization of Horizon Scanning – With Case Studies from Africa, Asia and Europe” which will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters at Room VIII; Address: 7, place de Fontenoy 75007.
This seminar features Horizon scanning to detect early warning signals through the analysis of threats and opportunities. Through research, horizon scanning helps to establish strategies to anticipate and plan future action. More and more governments have conducted horizon scanning exercises to shape their strategic planning and policy formulation processes.
This informal seminar will further elaborate HS conceptual foundations, systems design and implementation issues for government horizon scanning systems.
It will feature case studies from Africa, Asia and Europe.
The seminar will involve structured conversations framed by invited speakers such as Julius Gatune of the African Center for Economic Transformation (http://acetforafrica.org) and contributor of the UNESCO/Rockefeller Global Scoping Exercise. Three internationally recognized experts will also be participating: Anita Kelleher, Philine Warnke and Pierre Rossel, Senior Scientific Fellow at the College of Management of the Ecole polytechnique fédérale of Lausanne (http://www.epfl.ch/).
Due to the limited number of seats for the afternoon seminar, participants are invited to register in advance.
For more information, please also visit the following links:
The South Africa Searchlight Project:
The Bertelsmann Foundation’s Blog:
Blog of Noah Raford:
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Riel Miller (Email: email@example.com; tel. no. 01 45 68 09 50)
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