Transforming Philippine Cities: An Integrative Foresight Course for Women City Leaders

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Many are worried that our concepts of resilience, city planning and urban regeneration are very male oriented and societal, city futures worldviews are patriarchal. So what would Philippine cities be like if they were designed by women? Will we have massive towers and bridges or will we have more sites or spaces and priorities that are child friendly, safe for mother and babies and gender sensitive? At a macro level, what would our streets, communities, priorities and neighborhood look like in a women imagined alternative city futures? What might be their preferences? What myth and narratives of resilience, planning and design could surface when the future of our cities are re-imagined and reconstructed by women? What elements of current planning should change? What are the influencers and drivers of a women driven city futures?

The World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), the UNESCO Participation Programme, the PhilForesight, Northwestern University, Step Beyond, the Center for Engaged Foresight in partnership with the University of Northern Philippines as our principal host will explore these questions in the second Philippine city futures course on June 24-27 Vigan City.

Specifically, the objectives of this course are:

1. Introduce futures thinking and strategic foresight as an emerging concept, tool and technique in city futures, strategic planning, public policy, decision-making and development;

2. Engage participants in the exploration and construction of alternative and preferred city futures;

3. The focus is to enable participants and cities to design their own strategic pathways and enhance their foresight capacities for adaptive response and strategic renewal in a climate change era.

For more information, reservation and official invitation please email us at engagedforesight@gmail.com or call us at Northwestern University with trunk lines: (077) 670-85-10, 670-86-07 to 10 TeleFax Number: (077) 670-68-64/771-38-14

 

The Causal Layered Analysis 2.0 is here!

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Causal Layered Analysis 2.0 at the surface offers academics, cultural
creatives, civil society leaders, political analysts, corporate
executives and government decision-makers alternative and innovative
ways of dissecting and recreating STEEP plus culture and values
phenomena.

The 2.0 provides more than a dozen of anticipatory action learning
cases and insights on how CLA, as a theory and method, could enrich
and transform our ways of knowing (the self and society and of
managing social transformation (structure).

This groundbreaking book shows you how possible and sensible it is to
connect and integrate multiple perspectives and realities from fury to
rationality to civilization codes, mapping context-space and meaning
making. While CLA is anchored on questioning assumptions and in
creating alternative and preferred long-term futures, CLA action
learning workshops could give you that sense of urgency to act and
develop strategies and formulate future responsive policies and plans
on Monday morning.

The 2.0 provides multiple stories of personal experiences and emerging
myths and metaphors capable of challenging the status quo; of
dismantling power as we know it at different levels and layers of
existence and perceptibility to create a more resilient and brighter
futures for all of us and the next.

Grab your soft (pdf; digital) and paperbacks or in bundle I mean with the CLA Reader @ http://metafuture.org/books/

Report on City Futures for City Leaders @ the Journal of Futures Studies

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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

“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.

See author guidelines: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=fs&PHPSESSID=2fp3psks5itbh548kv4acs5n14

Important Dates

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

Submissions Instructions

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

Abstract: Less than 400 words
Topic / Keywords: select keywords to match theme of journal issue
Title: Title of proposed paper
Author(s): Full names, titles, primary institutional affiliation (if any).
Address: Contact details
Telephone / Fax / Mobile: Include country code
E-mail: May include alternate e-mail

Address Abstract Submissions to Guest Editor:
Professor Dennis R. Morgan (dynaray@gmail.com)