The Center for Engaged Foresight
The Center for Engaged Foresight sees itself as a community of mutual interest in learning, teaching and innovating strategic foresight approaches and methods to address the 21st century’s great challenges through the deep wellspring of inspiration emerging from a sincere and lively sharing of foresight knowledge and experiences.
Currently, the community includes the Executive Director, Managing Director, Futures Learning Advisors, The Global Advisory Board, Apprentice, the Circle of Engaged Foresight and a broader community of participants and supporters.
Shermon is the Founder, Executive Director and Chief Futurist of the Center for Engaged Foresight. A professional futurist and a certified business continuity management professional, he is a core member of UNESCO’s Global Futures Literacy Network, a founding member of Asia Pacific Futures Network (APFN) and a full member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). He has delivered keynotes and facilitated workshops in Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Italy, Canada, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, India, etc. and published reports and papers on topics such as city futures, international relations, global politics, public administration, and governance in some of the leading futures and foresight journals.
As risk management and business continuity expert, he is an associate member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and currently the Philippine Location Leader for Risk Management and Business Continuity Management at EY Global Delivery Services Philippines and a former business continuity senior analyst and location leader at Accenture Philippines.
He was a recipient of the 2014 International Social Science Council and the World Social Science Forum for Early Career Social Scientists from the Global South and was a member-advisor of Accenture Philippines Future Leaders Council.
He has served as an executive secretary to a Provincial Governor of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte and consultant to a Chair of the Environment, Trade, and Industry of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Ilocos Norte.
He previously served as Director of the Philippines Center for Foresight Education and Innovation Research (PhilForesight), Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Department Chair of the Public Administration and Political Science programs and University Planning Officer at Northwestern University Laoag.
He has taught public policy, program administration, humanities, international relations, public ethics, futures studies and research, and global environmental politics at Northern Christian College and Northwestern University Laoag. Shermon has a Masters of Arts in Public Administration and took Ph.D. units in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
He has studied futures studies, political science, public administration, security, risk and resilience, renewable energy development and business continuity management at Northwestern University, the Right Livelihood College, the Development Academy of the Philippines and Buckinghamshire University, London.
Judy is the Managing Director of the Center for Engaged Foresight. Judy is an expert in project management and development, HR sourcing and recruitment, trade, tourism, and investment promotions.
Judy is the Philippines College Connect Manager at Sutherland Global Services, a leading global business process outsourcing company. Prior to joining CEF, Judy was the Executive Director of the Ilocos Norte Investment Center (INVEST) of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Manager of the Ilocos Norte Trade Tourism Investment Center (INTTIC) and Manager of the Provincial Public Employment Services Officer (PESO) of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte. She also served as a Special Assistant to the President for Administrative Affairs and Head of the PESO Office of Northwestern University. Judy is a graduate of Political Science and Laws at Northwestern University Laoag and studied Investment and Trade at the Renmin University of China, Beijing.
Shiela R Castillo
Shiela R. Castillo is a futures learning advisor. She is a licensed teacher, with a degree in BSE Social Sciences from the Philippine Normal University, Manila. She is a development consultant who has been working in the environment sector for 15 years doing projects for non-government organizations, as well as national and international institutions. Shiela is a technical advisor at Let Us Create Futures, Cambodia.
As one of the co-founders of the Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organizing and Networking (MISSION), she helped organize the Liwanag World Festival 2013 in Davao. She also co-found the “communicate your cause” design team Projek Samadhi. Currently, she is engaged as Program Coordinator of the Smart Agriculture Program (SAP) of Lifebank and Cordaid.
Shiela trained under Nobel Laureate Al Gore to be a certified climate presenter of The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) in Jakarta on January 2011, and participated in the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Leadership Congress held in Australia on October 2011. As a climate leader, she has given talks to more than ten thousand participants in key cities all over the Philippines.
Her interests are climate resilience, sustainable futures, compassionate food as the food of the future, and the transformative role of cultural creatives and the civil society.
She is a mother of two and has been a vegetarian for more than a decade.
Peachie is a Futures Learning Advisor at Center for Engaged Foresight. She is also known as Peachie Keen! & Green and is a Climate Reality Leader of Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project. An activist and project consultant (events, environment, and media matters), she has worked with various organizations, companies, and government agencies (such as DENR, DOE, and DepEd) in addressing environmental issues.
Peachie’s background as a Humanities Graduate of University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P); Senior Marketing and Local Productions Officer of Solar-Entertainment; Senior Programs officer of ABS-CBN Foundation; and contractual specialist for different media entities and I/NGOs enabled her to become a connector. This played a great role in her activism work, which includes being a motivational public/resource speaker. She believes that the environment is everyone’s business; therefore, solutions coming from all sectors must be unified in order to achieve the needed change. Up to date, she has presented the Climate Change & Plastic Pollution crisis to around 10,000 people coming from different backgrounds. She also does public speaking on Veganism.
Peachie’s interest in futures thinking took off when she completed the futures thinking and strategy development certificate course organized and facilitated by the World Futures Studies Federation via its Learning Lab project in partnership with the Center for Engaged Foresight. She has co-designed and co-facilitated a number of engaged foresight workshops including managing CEF’s apprenticeship program with Far Eastern University in 2018.
Peachie, under her label, used to be a contributor for Inquirer POP!.net (2017-2018) but had to depart for a while since she is currently focusing on completing her Plastic Crisis documentary —in collaboration with Signal Fire Productions— which they plan to air over CNN Philippines.
Her other freelance work consists of being a Writer & Talent (VO, Events Host, Print, and TV). Ms. Valera, along with her husband, also produces mini fundraisers as much as their time permits. They favor anti-child trafficking & anti-child pornography organizations as beneficiaries.
Her dream for the Philippines is to become sustainable, vegan, corrupt-free, empathetic, and foresighted. She believes that if we dream and act on it together, it shall come true.
Karl Lenin Benigno
Karl is a Futures Learning Advisor at the Center for Engaged Foresight. He is currently the Director of the Institutional Planning and Organizational Development Department and Chairman of the Disaster Task Force Northwestern University, Laoag City. He lectures on politics, society, and culture as well as on disaster risk reduction education to tertiary and secondary students.
He is trained by the Office of the Civil Defense as a certified incident manager and expert on collapsed structure search and rescue trained under the Philippine Navy’s Disaster Emergency Assistance and Rescue Training Program. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, a trans-national disaster aid alliance that works to facilitate cooperation and understanding between governments, private companies and NGOs in the Asia Pacific region.
He is an active member of the Philippine Navy’s Naval Reserve Command Northern Luzon and trained with American Troops on humanitarian assistance and disaster rescue during the conduct of the Balikatan Exercises, an international bilateral exercise between the Philippines and the United States Armed Forces. As a Navy reservist, he also participates in rescue and humanitarian efforts during calamities and emergencies.
Karl has been actively promoting futures thinking when he completed his multiple futures thinking certificate course with the Center for Engaged Foresight since 2012. He actively participated in organizing multiple futures events including co-facilitating the first UNESCO futures literacy workshop in 2014. He has employed foresight tools and methods in developing Northwestern University’s strategic planning and program development including the integration and teaching of futures studies in the university.
Mr. Benigno is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws at Northwestern University. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Public Administration Program of the same University.
Global Advisory Council
CEF’s Global Advisory Council is a network of globally-renowned futurists who are committed to assisting the Center in building a well-rounded and pragmatic approach to futures literacy, futures thinking, and strategic foresight.
Dr. José M. Ramos
Dr. José M. Ramos holds a Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in Global Studies and Strategic Foresight. He lectures in Strategic Foresight at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the National University of Singapore. He is Senior Consulting Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies, and is on the editorial board of the journal Futures. He has extensive journal publications in the area of futures / foresight, focused on linking foresight with action and innovation. Through Action Foresight he has over ten years experience facilitating workshops, applied research, designing change projects, multi-media production, the art of strategic conversation and dialogue, presenting and developing educational curricula. He is originally from California from Mexican American and Indigenous ancestry, now residing in Melbourne Australia with his wife De Chantal and son Ethan. http://actionforesight.net/nuevo/
Prof. Marcus Bussey
Prof. Marcus Bussey is Lecturer in World History/Sustainable Futures and also Research Fellow in Regional Futures with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sustainability Research Centre, Australia and Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. Marcus has authored over 50 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries and co-authored books like Futures Thinking and Social Foresight (with Richard Slaughter), Neo-humanist Education Futures: Liberating the Pedagogical Intellect (with Sohail Inayatullah and Ivanah Milojevic) and Alternative Educational Futures. He has presented papers on futures thinking, education, social change, personal transformation and community engagement in Taiwan, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, India, Finland, Denmark, and the US. http://futuresevocative.com/
Cesar H. Villanueva is the Director for Popular Peace Education at Pax Christi Institute and a part-time faculty teaching creative conflict transformation and reconciliation at the Graduate school at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. He is a consultant on conflict sensitivity using do no harm, conflict transformation, transformative mediation, peacebuilding and reconciliation. His works on peace futures and peace weaving have helped organizations and communities in the Philippines build equitable and sustainable peace. He is the national convenor of TRANSCEND Pilipinas, a peace, development and environment network affiliated with Johan Galtung. He is a fellow and a member of the Executive Board of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). He is also a former Secretary General of the Federation.
Dr. Meimei Song is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. She holds a doctorate degree in Education Organization and Management from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the first Jan Lee Martin Scholarship for Young Futurists. Her research interest includes university futures, youth futures, global education curriculum, and instruction.
Dr. Stuart Candy is a Foresight and Innovation Leader at ARUP Australasia and Adjunct Professor in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts and Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation. As a multimedia futurist at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, he worked primarily on “experiential futures” through the communication of designed experiences and interaction. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of the Executive Board of the WFSF. http://futuryst.blogspot.com/
Dr. Sohail Inayatullah is a Professor at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University; and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He co-teaches a one-week residential course in Futures Thinking and Strategy Development at the Mt. Eliza Centre for Executive Education. In 1999, he was UNESCO Chair at the Centre for European Studies, University of Trier Germany. From 2000-2011, he was the editor of the Journal of Futures Studies. He received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Hawaii in 1990. http://www.metafuture.org/
In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is a recipient of one of the four 2010 Laurel Awards for All-Time Best Futurists, as voted by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. He is a fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and a member of the International Advisory Council of the World Futures Society.
Dr. Anwar Fazal is a leading international civil society person who has contributed much to our society in areas of consumer, health, environment, human rights and social ethics. He is the founder and one of the prime movers of several local and global citizens movements, among them the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) founded in 1969; International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) formed in 1979; Health Action International (HAI) in 1981; and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) formed in 1982. He served with the UN Advisory Committee on Nutrition and has been a key player in developing global codes and guidelines on breastfeeding, pesticides and hazardous pharmaceuticals. He started several global popular mobilization initiatives including World Consumer Rights Day (March 15th), World Wetlands Day (February 1st), World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to 7th) and World Migrants Day (December 18th).
Anwar Fazal was conferred the Right Livelihood Award, popularly called the “Alternative Nobel Prize” for his work in promoting and protecting the public interest in 1982.He was awarded the title “Activist of the Year” in 1983 by Ralph Nader’s magazine, Multinational Monitor, and elected to the “Environmental Hall of Fame” by Mother Earth News. In 1988, he was presented with the “Global 500” Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for his work on consumers and the environment. At home, Anwar is the recipient of Honorary Doctorate in Law from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (the National University) in Kuala Lumpur in 1997 and Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang (his home state in Malaysia) in 1999. Anwar is the Director of the Right Livelihood College Global Secretariat at the Center for Policy Research and International Studies at the Universiti of Sains Malaysia. http://www.anwarfazal.net
Circle of Engaged Foresight
The Circle of Engaged Foresight is a network of futurists, academics, civil society, government and industry leaders around the world supporting the CEF’s efforts in advancing long-term thinking and strategic foresight in the Philippines, and the Asia Pacific.
The Circle is a contact based community network and forum where knowledge and experience are fused, shared and examined. It is organized to stimulate creative thinking, action-learning, and alternative visioning.
Dr. Hyun Rul Park is Professor Emeritus at the School of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Chung-Ang University, South Korea and President of the International Society of Heal-being Studies. He graduated from the University De Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris France with a doctoral degree in Engineering.
Dr. Park has been building Heal-Tech based nationwide projects supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea. He has been active in research related to Carbon Dioxide Utilization, Sustainable Development, Culture-based creative economics, industries and Climate Change. He has authored a number of books on global environment theory, environmental sciences, global warming and recently published Two Natures Harmony (2012) and Another Future: Advent of the Heal-being Era.
Premalatha Karupia is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti of Sains Malaysia in Penang Malaysia. She teaches in research metholodogy, the sociology of work and statistics. Her research interests are in the study of beauty culture, educational and occupational choices and the Indian diaspora.
Prof. Gina Lomotan focuses on areas of strategic planning, development management and climate change adaptation. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (cum laude).
She completed her Master’s degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management. Professor Gina Lomotan is active with the International Movement of Development Managers (IMDM) and does consulting work in the areas of project management, program evaluation, case writing, impact evaluation and facilitator of training workshops. Prof. Lomotan teaches political science, development studies and environment and society courses at De La Salle University Manila. She is an Assistant Professor at DLSU.
Dennis Morgan is full professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in South Korea. Morgan has lived in Korea for 15 years while teaching English in a university context. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics for TESOL (2004) and an M.S. in Futures Studies (1992).
In 2007, he assisted Richard Slaughter in an Internet-based research project, State of Play in the Futures Field (SOPIFF). Through this project and subsequent correspondence with Dr. Slaughter, he became interested in how Integral Theory can serve as an epistemological framework for futures studies.
His publications in Foresight, “Futures Schools of Thought within the Integral Futures Framework” (2009) and “Civilizational Futures within the IF Framework” (2010), as well as two publications in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, “Futures and the Future: An Integral Response to Epistemological Pluralism in Futures Studies” (2011) and “Applying Integral Theory to Futures Schools of Thought” (2012) express his research interest in Integral Futures.
At HUFS, besides teaching four-skills language courses, he also teaches courses on Globalization, American Studies, and Intercultural Communication. During the summer and winter breaks (while relieved of teaching duties), he lives with his wife and three children in Silang, Cavite.
Prof. Marcus Bussey is Lecturer in World History/Sustainable Futures and also Research Fellow in Regional Futures with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sustainability Research Centre, Australia and Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajanatram School of International Studies, Singapore.
Marcus has authored over 50 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries and co-authored books like Futures Thinking and Social Foresight (with Richard Slaughter), Neo-humanist Education Futures: Liberating the Pedagogical Intellect (with Sohail Inayatullah and Ivanah Milojevic) and Alternative Educational Futures.
He has presented papers on futures thinking, education, social change, personal transformation and community engagement in Taiwan, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, India, Finland, Denmark and the US.
Romelene G. Pacis is an editor at the center for research at Northwestern University. A graduate with a degree in language and literature, she developed her advocacy for the Ilocano language at the University of the Philippines Baguio when she decided to make a study on its morphology. The same study was presented on an international conference a year after it was done. Her concentration is linguistics, language use and its relation to popular culture.
Before becoming an editor, she was a college instructor teaching research in Filipino. She recently decided to pursue her graduate studies at Mariano Marcos State University for its master of arts in English language and literature program. Afterwhich, she plans to return to the academic community to teach, do research and be published.
Known to be a big fan of do-it-yourself projects and handicrafts, she dreams of becoming a carpenter after retirement. She is an internet savvy and a frequent consumer of social networking. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.