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Come collaborate with us. Out of the box, experiential learning opportunities, considering the future from several different perspectives and looking at a way forward. Event details: https://www.apf.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1404789 Mission of Collaborate 2020: “Create an open collaborative space for members to ask big questions appropriate to this current moment, but also to connect and share experiences, discuss methods and learn from each other.”

 Export to Your Calendar 9/2/2020 to 9/5/2020
When: 12 noon & 5 pm London
Where: Online
Contact: Marius Oosthuizen


Online registration is available until: 9/2/2020
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APF Collaborate 2020

Fees

  • Member's registration fee: $25 (US)
  • Non-member's registration fee: $39 (US)
  • Student/graduate member's registration fee: $10 (US)


Please note that there is a 40% middle income country  discount and we invite members to make a contribution toward sponsorship for members who are unable to participate due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please inform marius@apf.org if you would like to sponsor a member(s). We encourage all members to participate, irrespective of affordability and will make every effort to secure sponsorship for them.

Schedule and call for submissions

2020 will take place (virtually) from September 2 to September 5 2020. Collaborate 2020 will be an open space for emergent engagement on a rich array of topics. In line with that goal we are looking for members to submit proposals for presentations, curate, and to host regional meetings. Below is a description of these opportunities.

Schedule - Collaborate 2020

Mission of Collaborate 2020

“Create an open collaborative space for members to ask big questions appropriate to this current moment,

and to connect and share experiences, discuss futures / foresight methods and learn from each other.”

September 2

Day 1: Outward vision - Setting the scene, responding to the context

We start with a fire-side chat with a provocateur, followed by a series of parallel “birds of a feather” sessions hosted by APF members on topics of their choosing. Topics will be selected from a participative facilitated process but may cover questions such as: Does the field need to consult a futurist? What can we learn from the coalface? What of the future role of technologies as enablers of foresight and futures studies?

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Timeslot 2

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08:00-09:00 am (New York)

14:00-15:00 pm (Paris)

08:00-09:00 pm (Singapore)

 

Fire-side chat with Dr. Fabienne Goux-Baudiment on The futures of the human species in a post-Covid world.

Dr. Fabienne is at the Research Centre for Futures Studios and Associate Professor at ISTIA, University of Angers, France.

 

09:00-10:00 am (New York)

15:00-16:00 pm (Paris)

09:00-10:00 pm (Singapore)

“Birds of a feather” discussions

 

Regional APF meetings will be scheduled throughout the 4 days for North America, South America, Europe, Africa & Middle East and Asia.

 

September 3

Day 2: Peripheral vision - Exploring practice and new perspectives

After a second fire-side chat on day 2, the journey begins with three parallel curated streams on cases (recently applied futures), crafts (futures methods) and new content (books etc.) from the futures field. These sessions are 90 minutes each and consist of rapid-fire micro-presentations (5 minutes each, prepared + 1-2 minutes of commentary, “seeding the discussion”) followed by open discussions (10 each).

After the rich input by members wanting to showcase cases their craft or content, participants are invited to the participant library to invite another member for a 1-on-1.

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06:00-08:00 am (New York)

12:00-14:00 pm (Paris)

08:00-10:00 pm (Brisbane)

 

Second fire-side chat 2 with Dr. Sohail Inyathullah on Contending images that dominate the global futures discourse.

A big picture conversation about the meta-narratives that are at work in global society, and how the futures field is participating, or not, in shaping the narrative.

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08:00-10:00 am (New York)

14:00-16:00 pm (Paris)

08:00-10:00 pm (Singapore)

Cases (Case studies):

E.g. How two decades of pandemic war games failed to account for Donald Trump (by John Schmidt)

Crafts (Methods):

E.g. Scenario Archetypes: Growth & Decay, Threats & New Hopes, Wasteworlds, The Powers that Be, Disarray, and Inversion (by Alessandro Fergnani)

and

How the Global 1000 are converging with and adopting strategic foresight / futures programs (by Bill Leisure)

Content (Books etc.):

 

10:00-12:00 am (New York)

16:00-18:00 pm (Paris)

10:00 pm -12:00 am (Singapore)

Participant Library, (1-on-1 shindig)

An opportunity to spend time with selected members in in-depth conversation.

 

September 4

Day 3: Time to reflect - What is emerging?

The curators of the streams on day 2 each facilitate feedback to the plenary on the previous day’s discussions. Inputs are complemented by a facilitated crowdsource of posts, comments, links to conversations that ensued. This is followed by a session dedicated to deep-dive discussions with experts from a field outside foresight / futures on how they are exploring the future.

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Timeslot 2

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08:00-10:00 am (New York)

14:00-16:00 pm (Paris)

08:00-10:00 pm (Singapore)

 

Plenary feedback and open-discussion session

 

 

10:00-12:00 am (New York)

16:00-18:00 pm (Paris)

10:00 pm -12:00 am (Singapore)

Futures perspective with voices from outside the futures / foresight field

 

Speculative design

Behavioural economics

Architecture & art

Activism and social change

 


Regional APF meetings continue


September 5

Day 4: New journeys ahead - purpose and partnerships

In the closing keynote Dr. Peter Bishop will be speaking on the topic: How might foresight / futures become a societal competence, such as mathematics or literacy was for the last century?

The final day is organized around a two-part network goal: a hackathon-style (design thinking) conversation about imagining APF in the world of 2050 (the role of futurist in the world, making our skills accessible to the world… futures thinking as a “normal skill” for life, popularizing/spreading the futurist mindset, and an APF Townhall.

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08:00-10:00 am (New York)

14:00-16:00 pm (Paris)

08:00-10:00 pm (Singapore)

 

APF Townhall (Re-imagining the future of the APF, with possible topics)

APF a Gathering Committee, focus on Toronto 2021

APF Social Media team emerge, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

Membership Committee – renewals of members, and annual calls

APF Regional /Area coordinators emerge, to host quarterly meetings in their area, on zoom first.

Connect Team: APF ambassadors on our Platform, posting to Feed, encouraging others to subscribe to digests, build their profiles.

Academy – APF online learning team – with KBFS reading groups now, and seminars/ courses come 2021

Organizational Member Exchange – volunteer coordinator

Academics Exchange – serving each other in their teaching and research careers

Consulting Exchange – focusing on best foresight practices for serving and building clients

 

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10:00-12:00 am (New York)

16:00-18:00 pm (Paris)

10:00 pm -12:00 am (Singapore)

Closing Keynote with Dr. Peter Bishop

 

Day 2: Peripheral vision - Exploring practice and new perspectives (September 3, 2020)

The journey on day 2 begins with three parallel curated streams, on cases (applied futures), the craft (methods) and leading content (books) in the futures field. These sessions are 90 minutes and consist of rapid-fire micro-presentations (5 minutes each (prepared remarks) + 1-2 minutes of commentary (“seeing the discussion”) and open discussion (10 minutes).

Presentation Opportunity:
Present a 5-minute rapid-fire micro-presentation, with 1 or 2 minutes of comments, and facilitate a 10-minute discussion related to the following streams:

  • cases (examples of applied foresight)
  • craft (showcase of a method), or leading
  • content (e.g. recent books) in the futures field (see proposed topics below). The preferred approach is to create a 5 minute video to be played and then provide 1-2 minutes of comments, which will be followed by open discussion. The goal is to maximize dialogue rather than passive presentations.

To submit a presentation proposal, please send a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) identifying the stream, your topic, and a brief description to Chris Mayer (christopher.mayer@westpoint.edu), Marius Oosthuizen (oosthuizenm@gibs.co.za), and Jean Paul Pinto (jppmoralitos@yahoo.fr). The deadline is August 14, 2020.

1. Craft meetings and & method showcase

Proposed topics:

  • Foresight consulting practice
  • How do we represent a global agenda vs a client agenda?
  • How do we need to show up?
  • Tools for futuring
  • Foresight practice - best practice
  • Technology-enhanced tools, application of new technology in futures work
  • Foresight tools for understanding and communicate transformations
  • New technical or mathematical models of getting at what our clients most value when doing foresight work (i.e. Wiki Survey)
  • Developing personal futures capacity
  • At least one if not a portion; advanced tools (e.g., ar/vr)


2. Case study showcase

Proposed topics:

  • Future of work
  • What COVID tells us about responses to climate change
  • Creating an online collaborative space where other futurists can leave comments or contribute to projects
  • Case studies of successful futures work
  • Case study: higher education in a pandemic
  • Future of higher education
  • Future of police / surveillance
  • Communicating across political lines
  • How international collaboration and nationalism may change?
  • Transformative futures
  • Science fiction
  • Social issues - white privilege, public safety reconstruction
  • New economies
  • Demise of tech clusters


3. Book reviews / author interviews (e.g. KBFS submissions)

Curator Opportunity:

Curators from each Day 2 stream (cases, craft, and leading content in the futures field) will have 15 minutes on Day 3 (September 4, 2020) to facilitate a report back (multiple) to plenary on the Day 2 dialogues. Curator inputs will be complemented by a facilitated crowdsource of posts, comments, links to conversations that ensued. To serve as a curator for one of the three streams explored during day 2 (cases, craft, and leading content in the futures field), send an email with the stream you would like to curate to Chris Mayer (christopher.mayer@westpoint.edu), Marius Oosthuizen (oosthuizenm@gibs.co.za), and Jean Paul Pinto (jppmoralitos@yahoo.fr). The deadline is August 14th, 2020.


Day 4: New journeys ahead - purpose and partnerships (September 5, 2020)

The final day will include interspersed regional meetings where members talk about the state of the future in their region. Ideally there would be regional meetings for example focused on North America, LatAm, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and/or sub-regions.

Regional Host Opportunity:
To virtually host a regional meeting, send an email to Chris Mayer (christopher.mayer@westpoint.edu), Marius Oosthuizen (oosthuizenm@gibs.co.za), and Jean Paul Pinto (jppmoralitos@yahoo.fr) identifying the region you would like to host. The deadline is August 14th, 2020.

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