Foresight Frontiers: THE UNESCO Future Lecture Series

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

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 (, Chair of The Millennium Project of Australia ( and Founding Partner of The Centre for Australian Foresight (, and Philine Warnke, Senior Scientist of the Innovation Systems Department, Austrian Institute of Technology ( 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 ( 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 (

Presentations by videoconference will be made by Jerome Glenn of The Millennium Project ( and Michael Jackson of Shaping Tomorrow (

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:

For queries and registration, please contact:

Riel Miller (Email:; tel. no. 01 45 68 09 50)

Linda Tinio-Le Douarin (Email:; tel. no. 01 45 68 17 70)

Gaming Research: Digital and Futures Research Basics

Knowledge creation is rapid fire and the world wants it now. The digitization and automation of knowledge content, creation and distribution is changing the way we perceive and perform research. Many scholars today continue to test and create emerging research approaches to question existing realities and alternative ways of knowing.

The mainstreaming of digital technologies, the emergence of alternative ways of knowing, peer to peer social innovations and the localization of content has intensified the debate that question existing theoretical and research methodologies’ and their applicability to local contexts and developing economies.

The inequality of access to knowledge, connectivity, the English bias and the hegemony of the North have, in so many ways, placed developing countries like the Philippines as recipients of their knowledge. This resulted to the inability of developing nations to create and internationalize local knowledge and content.

Today, the intensity of creating the knowledge society is getting more intense and researchers tend to collaborate using social media tools and emerging on-line research technologies to automate the gathering, circulation and diffusion of knowledge. These communities has prototyped a variety of emerging research practices and one amongst many are digital and futures research.

This seminar workshop aims to introduce emerging research approaches and methodologies to faculty and institutional researchers of Northwestern University. It aims to “game” the process of learning alternative research approaches. Gaming here means making the process more interactive, re-creative and fun. It will immerse participants to the process of “creative and experiential questioning” and expose them to the process and context of futures research method particularly scenarios and causal layered analysis.

Developing an engaged research culture is a long-term project and this workshop could serve as a catalyst to enhance existing approaches to improve research quality and output in the university.

Shermon Cruz, Romelene Pacis and Karl Benigno will facilitate the University Center for Research and Development organized workshop on August 28-29, 2013.



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