‘UNESCO Future Lecture Series: Foresight Frontiers (Part Two)’ & ‘UNESCO Future Seminar: Exploring the Attributes, Role and Organization of Horizon Scanning’
Dates: Oct 14, 2013
Location: Paris, France
The UNESCO Future Lecture Series: Foresight Frontiers (Part Two) will be held from 10:00 to 13:00 (GMT+2) at the UNESCO Headquarters. 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 will welcome 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. The lecture will also be available via webcast on www.unesco.org.
In the afternoon, from 14:30 to 17:30 (GMT+2), a UNESCO Future Seminar on the theme “Exploring the Attributes, Role and Organization of Horizon Scanning – With Case Studies from Africa, Asia and Europe” will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters. Horizon scanning aims to detect early warning signals through the analysis of threats and opportunities. Through research, this technique 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 on 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/).