The first and latest book of UNESCO “Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the Twenty First Century” edited by Riel Miller is out and free for download at  Transforming the Future.

Shermon Cruz, founder and chief futurist of the Center for Engaged Foresight, and Ace Aceron, education development officer at UNICEF, contributed a case study that explored how the Filipino youth perceives, reframes and imagines the future of leadership in Filipino context via the futures literacy lab-collective intelligence framework. Shermon has a direct contribution to the theory and practice of futures literacy and a pioneer-member of UNESCO’s Global Futures Literacy Network.

Since 2015, futures literacy laboratories were held in Laoag City in partnership with the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, Antipolo City sponsored by the First Pacific Leadership Academy and most recently with UNICEF Philippines in Pasig City and the City of Manila.


This seminal book showcases case studies of futures laboratories undertaken by UNESCO with a number of partners like the Center for Engaged Foresight to define the theory and practice of anticipation or futures literacy.

The book provides a wealth of articles and cases that explains the concept of ‘Futures Literacy’ as a tool to reveal, reframe and rethink people’s and organizations understanding of anticipatory systems and processes.

The book probes topics such as:

• Futures Literacy and the Discipline of Anticipation;

•  presents evidence collected from over 30 Futures Literacy Laboratories and presented in 14 full case studies;

This is a must-have book for scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and students, as well as activists working on sustainability issues and innovation, future studies, and anticipation studies.

Here are some related videos, news articles, and resource about the book and futures literacy facilitated by the Center for Engaged Foresight in the Philippines:

Futures Literacy at UNESCO Bangkok

Transforming the Future

Pioneering Futures Literacy with the Filipino Youth

Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures

UNESCO Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures

The Millennium Project and its global network of nodes launched the sixth annual 24-hour conversation around the world, in cooperation with the Association of Professional Futurists, Humanity Plus, World Academy of Art and Science, and the World Futures Studies Federation.

Global thought leaders have shared around the world about the future of governing artificial intelligence, inventing future employment, building space elevators to orbital cities. reducing climate change, guaranteeing safe water and energy, fighting transnational organized crime, developing future forms of democracy, countering information warfare, incorporating global ethics in decisionmaking, enforcing safety standards for synthetic biology, and the future of humanity.

The conversations kicked off led off in New Zealand by Stephanie Pride of StratEDGY Strategic Foresight. Other time-zone hosts were Anita Kelleher(Australia), Shermon Cruz (Philippines), Asanga Abeyagoonasekera (Sri Lanka), Paul Epping (United Arab Emirates), Kamal Shaeer (Egypt), Marius Oosthuizen(South Africa), Heiner Benking (Germany), Mark Sackler (Connecticut), Rosa Alegria (Brazil), Guillermina Benavides Rincón (Mexico), Carlos Peralta (Peru), Diego Coca (Bolivia), Tony Carbonero (El Salvador), Oriana Beaudet (Minnesota), Kay Daniels (Texas), Lea Artis (Colorado), Mila Popovich (Colorado), Joe Murphy(California), and Brock Hinzmann (California).  For more about this annual global event to celebrate the future read Talking about Future Day, Healing with Robots, Remembering Heidi Toffler and for the 24-hour global conversation Millennium Project World Future Day Recap. 



#UrbanFutures at the Diverse Futures Festival ’18


Urban futures can be worlds apart yet share common approaches to sustainability. Shermon Cruz, Founder, and Director of the Center for Engaged Foresight discusses Global South cities that are vulnerable to natural disasters and the challenge of dealing with complex risks in interconnected systems.

Shermon’s session Resurgent Cities from a Global South Perspective

The Urban Futures sessions focus on the future of urban environments and the trends and drivers that are shaping them. Themes include technology, neuroscience and the resilience of cities.

Futures Festival ’18 started with the idea of diverse futures and grew into 20 sessions presented by 24 speakers working in 13 countries. It was broadcast online over a 12-hour period on October 27/28, 2018.

The Association of Professional Futurists (APF)  is a growing community of futurists. Members are dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and futures studies. APF members meet regularly and host active online discussions among practitioners. APF also delivers professional development programs and recognition for excellence in futures. The annual APF Futures Festival is an opportunity for people across the globe to share insights, experiences, and ideas.

For more lectures and sessions do check http://futuresfestival.online/


Will Global South cities transcend beyond the narrative of trauma and disasters? Is there an alternative future for them? Would it learn from the past to innovate, act and create the preferred Global South city story?  What would a resilient, sustainable, empowered Global South city look like? How does it get there? Where will the change come from? From the perspective of truth to power – what are the grand narratives and worldviews that have shaped the past and that might continue to shape their futures? What are the values and myths that inform or that influence Global South perspectives of a resilient and resurgent city futures?

The Center for Engaged Foresight represents at the 2018 Diverse Futures Festival, a virtual gathering of futurists, organized by the Association of Professional Futurist (APF) this Saturday at 8:00-9:00PM October 27, 2018.  The topic “Resurgent Cities from a Global South Perspective” discusses CEF’s seven years of strategic foresight/futures work on alternative city futures. It used multiple futures tools and techniques and engaged approximately 7,000 participants held in classroom, workshop, conference, formal and informal settings to explore the futures of Global South Cities.

The Futures Festival is a 12 hours of non-stop interactive session featuring the work of 24 futurists around the world plus conversations on diverse futures.  Futures Festival is an annual virtual gathering hosted by the Association of Professional Futurists.

This year, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the hosting locale for Futures Festival ‘18 and the theme is Diverse Futures. Therefore all times are shown based on GMT-4 (EDT), and sessions take place between 0700 and 1900 (EDT). Check out timeanddate.com for your time zone.

Diverse Futures presenters are putting forward new ways of looking at economics, knowledge transfer, and pluralism. Moreover, they are confronting ethical considerations and challenging constrictive and outdated narratives.

Get ready for a fast-paced experience. Sessions are 30 to 90 minutes in length and also have at least 15 minutes for discussion. Presenters are futurists who want to know what you think. Therefore, you can expect a day filled with dynamic and challenging conversations!

The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) is a growing community of futurists, dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and futures studies for their clients and/ or employers.

For more information and to register check out Diverse Futures