Futures Literacy

We use the future every day: we predict, we fear and we hope. The future, however does not exist, she exists only in our imagination. When we use the future, we anticipate and how we anticipate matters, since it changes the present. For something that has such a deep impact on how we act and think in our daily lives, we know very little about how we use the future.

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Futures Literacy

We use the future every day: we predict, we fear and we hope. The future, however does not exist, she exists only in our imagination. When we use the future, we anticipate and how we anticipate matters, since it changes the present. For something that has such a deep impact on how we act and think in our daily lives, we know very little about how we use the future.


Futures Literacy, developed within UNESCO, is the capability of imagining diverse and multiple futures, and using futures as lenses through which we look at the present anew. (Miller, 2018). When we only use the past and the present to make decisions and make sense of the world, we might be overlooking important emerging phenomena. By expanding ways we use the future, we can integrate complexity in our choices and uncertainty will become something that we can appreciate, even embrace.

One approach to acquiring these skills is through Futures Literacy Labs. These learning by doing/action-research workshops enable participants to reveal, reframe and rethink the assumptions they use to imagine the future. Since the future doesn't exist and is unpredictable in itself, we are only capable of examining our anticipatory systems, the systems that help us make sense of the present. Running FL Labs is an effective way of testing hypotheses about the attributes and impact of FL.

The Chair in Futures Literacy uses experimental methods in designing and running Futures Literacy Labs, to test key hypotheses regarding anticipatory systems and processes. The Chair also plays a major role in building a global network conducting applied research into anticipation and the diffusion of FL as a capability worldwide. Being part of global projects as ClimateKIC, Futures Oriented Museums Synergies, and WorkinProgress! of Oxfam, offers the Chair the opportunity to test the hypotheses in larger contexts. Building upon the research outcomes, the project offers training modules for students, teachers and faculty throughout the years to become Futures Literacy facilitators and experts, using innovative teaching methods. These modules, in return, form the building blocks for further research on design principles and impact.

The team collaborates and reflects together on all (research)activities, creating a permanent learning environment for themselves where they constantly reinvent concepts and rethink previously held ideas.


 

 

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Futures Literacy

We use the future every day: we predict, we fear and we hope. The future, however does not exist, she exists only in our imagination. When we use the future, we anticipate and how we anticipate matters, since it changes the present. For something that has such a deep impact on how we act and think in our daily lives, we know very little about how we use the future.


Futures Literacy, developed within UNESCO, is the capability of imagining diverse and multiple futures, and using futures as lenses through which we look at the present anew. (Miller, 2018). When we only use the past and the present to make decisions and make sense of the world, we might be overlooking important emerging phenomena. By expanding ways we use the future, we can integrate complexity in our choices and uncertainty will become something that we can appreciate, even embrace.

One approach to acquiring these skills is through Futures Literacy Labs. These learning by doing/action-research workshops enable participants to reveal, reframe and rethink the assumptions they use to imagine the future. Since the future doesn't exist and is unpredictable in itself, we are only capable of examining our anticipatory systems, the systems that help us make sense of the present. Running FL Labs is an effective way of testing hypotheses about the attributes and impact of FL.

The Chair in Futures Literacy uses experimental methods in designing and running Futures Literacy Labs, to test key hypotheses regarding anticipatory systems and processes. The Chair also plays a major role in building a global network conducting applied research into anticipation and the diffusion of FL as a capability worldwide. Being part of global projects as ClimateKIC, Futures Oriented Museums Synergies, and WorkinProgress! of Oxfam, offers the Chair the opportunity to test the hypotheses in larger contexts. Building upon the research outcomes, the project offers training modules for students, teachers and faculty throughout the years to become Futures Literacy facilitators and experts, using innovative teaching methods. These modules, in return, form the building blocks for further research on design principles and impact.

The team collaborates and reflects together on all (research)activities, creating a permanent learning environment for themselves where they constantly reinvent concepts and rethink previously held ideas.


 

 

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