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APF First Friday with IF Award Winners Stuart Candy and Filippo Cuttica

THE FUTURES BAZAAR is a public imagination toolkit to make exploring times to come easier, more fun, and more common. Released by Situation Lab (publishers of The Thing From The Future) and the British Broadcasting Corporation, the kit has already been used by groups in various parts of the world, and recently won the APF’s inaugural Most Significant Futures Work award for Inclusive Foresight.

APF First Friday with

IF Award Winner Ivana Milojević

Heroine's Journey is a project aimed at democratising futures thinking - making it available to wider audiences, especially to young people. It utilises narrative foresight to critically evaluate existing and create new futures narratives. So far, three books have been published within the project: The Gold Maker, The Future Maker and The Peace Maker.

APF First Friday with

Russell Clemens

This presentation will walk through the basic points made in the World Futures Review paper published in early 2020 which looked at human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Asia from the perspective of Causal Layered Analysis (CLA - Sohail Inayatullah) and the later works of Gregory Bateson (1904 - 1980) -- generally referred to as "ecology of mind"

APF Friends of foresight

Updates on Government Foresight in Asia

In this presentation, Dr. Seongwon Park from the National Assembly Futures Institute in South Korea presents his analysis of the reasons why the Korean government continues to promote economic growth as the national vision and the role of parliamentary foresight, APF Chair Shermon Cruz provides updates and an overview on government foresight in the Philippines, Rushdi Rahim from MIGHT Malaysia discusses foresight in the Malaysian government, and Cheryl Chung from Kantar Public in Singapore gives an overview of government foresight work in Singapore. Speakers also address selected questions from the audience.

Future Visionaries

In this one-of-a-kind APF webinar focused on youth foresight, you'll have the opportunity to engage with remarkable young foresight practitioners from across the globe and the organizations devoted to supporting their growth. By providing these young visionaries a stage to share their insights, we aim to uncover their perspectives on the future, explore the essence of meaningful youth engagement in foresight, and promote increased inclusivity for young voices in this field. It is our mission to ensure that at least some of you will leave the event committed to engaging young people in foresight, and a little clearer on how to do it well!

Updates on Foresight in the Canadian and US Governments

In this January 10, 2023 presentation, Imran Arshad, the Director of Outreach for Policy Horizons Canada, and Eric Popiel, Strategic Workforce Analyst for the US Office of Personnel Management and Co-Chair of the Federal Foresight Community of Interest (FFCOI) provide updates on foresight in the Canadian and US Governments.

Office Shock A Story of Applied Foresight to the Future of the Workplace

In this Friends of Foresight webinar, Joseph Press, co-author of the new book Office Shock, we share the experiences of researching, writing and disseminating Office Shock with other seasoned futures practitioners. The objective of their conversation will be to explore how might we make our futuring a catalyst for conversation and trigger for change. Participants can expect a lively dialogue with insights on how to leverage strategic foresight for community engagement and change

Are Existential Risks Hiding

in Plain Sight?

As international cooperation on strategic threats, research and solutions are crucial, the Association of Professional Futurists, The Millennium Project, and World Futures Studies Federation is collaborating to hold a global virtual conversation at the next 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧: 𝘼𝙍𝙀 𝙀𝙓𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙀𝙉𝙏𝙄𝘼𝙇 𝙍𝙄𝙎𝙆𝙎 𝙃𝙄𝘿𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙄𝙉 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙄𝙉 𝙎𝙄𝙂𝙃𝙏 to unpack and explore the futures and impacts of long-range existential threats to the survival of humanity.

Can Futures Thinking Help Governments Recover and Reinvent Post-COVID-19?

Duncan Cass-Beggs and Alanna Markle of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, discuss work by OECD's foresight team on how futures thinking can evaluate and mitigate further disruption from COVID-19. Other topics discussed are foresight tools to help governments achieve their Net Zero 2030 to 2050 goals.

The Future Starts Now

Join the authors of The Future Starts Now, together with a selection of the futurist contributors, in a discussion that charts some of the topics in the new book, the challenges ahead, and guidance on how to avoid making the decisions that lead us to darker paths ahead.

Spiral to the Stars

Inspired by the book of Laura Harjo, Spiral to the Stars: Mvskoke Tools of Futurity, the APF Friends of Foresight held on August 20, 2021 wishes to reveal, discover, re-think and re-imagine professional foresight and futures thinking concepts and other emerging discourse and practice in foresight indigenization as we know it today. By providing a space to unpack and discuss indigenous narratives, tools, and inspirations, we open ourselves to heterogeneity and plurality of insights, experiences and stories on how futures and foresight are emerging and applied to different settings, cultures, societal and organizational contexts. The Spiral to the Stars session reflects on indigeneity in futurity, as friends share their perspectives, views, and experiences on the subject.

apf open discussion

ethics & philosophy
of futures

AI Ethics

The development of Artificial Intelligence systems poses one of the key challenges of the 21st Century. How can you make artificial reasoning ethical and trusted for the good of society and the environment? How do you enforce the good, and mitigate the risks of the enormous harm that can be done using these powerful new tools?

Biotech, Business and Ethics

Expectations surrounding biotech as the next wave of transformational technologically led social change have been high among academic futurist/foresight professionals, investors, and many among the public at-large for at least a full generation. This interest follows the transformative impacts of the several previous technological revolutions dating back to the mechanical, and running through the chemical, electronic and digital.

Metaphysics, Morals, and Machines: Ethics for Futurists

Plausible futures often explore assumptions about systems and change. Philosophical foundations like metaphysics, epistemology, and the nature of ethics can enhance these foresight conversations. How? Let's find out together.

Indigenous Philosophies, Pushing the Boundaries of Ethics

This APF session introduces some alternative perspectives drawing on deep traditions from Indian, Indigenous and non-human sources. In a world where both ecocide and epistemicide are crying out to be addressed, futurists are key workers in the field of alternatives and moral imaginings. Engaging with relational ethics and the languages and processes of our planet in creative ways is of critical importance as we seek to address the deep civilizational issues calling us all to a rethinking of our foundational ethics.

New Philosophies, New Foresight Perspectives

Building on her recent chapter ‘Designing post-human futures’ in Knowledge for the Anthropocene (book edited by Professor J. Carrillo), and current exhibition/lab ‘Toward Alien Cosmologies, prospective of an anthropological reset’ in Geneva, Raphaële Bidault-Waddington will introduce the diversity of emerging philosophies that she mobilizes to open, think and structure new future perspectives.

Taking Humans Out of Wars of the Future

Rom Gayoso and Dr. Leon Young leads this APF Open Discussion about taking humans out of the wars of the future

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