The day is dedicated to our planetary macro issues and risks : the big picture
Attempt to organize problems and solutions into priorities and systemic mapping
Contributors will present a paper of around 15-20 pages in 25 minutes on key subjects, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
Lunch and dinner on campus
9:00 Michel Saloff-Coste, Jennifer Gidley: introduction to the week « Design me a planet »
9:30 Elisabeth Stumpfoll, Sonja Aigner, Sigo Gatterer: welcome in Austria and presentation of the place.
10:00 Participant’s introductions
10:40 Jennifer Gidley: participatory futures methods: towards adaptability and resilience
11:20 Alexandre Rojey: the future at stake
12:00 Elke Fein: an integral perspective on cultural and moral dimensions of the current global economic and financial crisis
14:00 Ervin Laszlo : manifesto on the spirit of planetary consciousness and global emergency
14:40 Alain Gauthier: a systemic and integral review of our current development model
15:20 Michel Saloff-Coste : third millennium planet awareness and horizons of futures
16:30 Workshop: attempt to organize problems and solutions into priorities and systemic mapping.
20:00 Discussion, networking and participant’ presentations.
We are living in a world that is becoming more complex and where change is rapid.
In this world, our basic assumptions are likely to change. An action, a process, a culture which could have been successful in the past can become inadequate before it can adapt. It is therefore a question of survival to think, explore and anticipate alternative long term futures.
On the other hand, in a world which is complex and fast-changing, a limited action can have a big impact, the well-known butterfly effect.
There is good news and bad news. Good news because we are all empowered to participate in a better future for the world and the next generation. The bad news is that we are also empowered to cause major damage to our planet.
Complexity has shown the ability to produce emergence of new concepts, new paths, new opportunities. We will live in a world more and more unknown where “differently” will be at the same time our wealth and our challenge.
In this context, if you do not think about the long-term future, you are not able to make wise decisions in the short term. Obvious, down-to-earth and pragmatic decisions may result in big mistakes because the world has changed or will change in an unanticipated way.
This is a challenge, which is already present, and is becoming more relevant for individuals, companies, states, and the planet as a whole. That is why our way of planning and creating strategy must fundamentally change. We do not have to build our vision only as an extrapolation of the present. We can build our vision from a deep understanding and awareness of alternative scenarios for, and possible discontinuities in, the future.
The research program for exploring long-term futures is being designed as a unique place in the world, where an interdisciplinary, international and cross-organisational team interacts on a continuing, networked basis to explore a diversity of possible scenarios for the long-term future and their likely implications for local strategy on the short term.
Our priorities are to:
Create a rich, diverse set of possible scenarios for the long-term future.
Study the more robust scenarios and the critical factors of success within them for an individual, a company, a nation, and the world.
Experience a venue allowing a rich exchange of views and creativity within an international, multidisciplinary, networked organisation.
Establish a rich communication network regarding important issues of the future, to improve the awareness of concerned people and organisations.
Be a resource centre for organisations and institutions dedicated to studying the future, while providing analytical tools and strategies for shorter-term decision-making in a rapidly changing world.
We are bringing together diverse institutions that have a range of existing, relevant skills and proven methodologies for performing analyses of alternative futures and studying their implications.
Our methods include:
1. Cultivating Diversity and Otherness
2. Modelling Alternative Future Scenarios
3. Mixing High Tech and High Touch
4. Managing the Process Holistically
5. Using Trends and Dimensions
6. Establishing a Creative Process Supplying Specific and Short Term Outputs for Decision Making