Futures Festival '19 | Radical Transformations

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  2. Moderator: Hala Beisha

    The different signals of the future that have an impact on the household economy are several: from the evolution of the work that has been redefining, who, how or where people works; to social security systems, to the dynamics of population ageing, are some examples of variables that can create risks for societies. People may find themselves in need to continue working at advanced ages, or they will be at risk of living in conditions of marginalization greater than the current ones. I have worked on a prospective model that integrates three levels of household economy analysis. In the first one, the macro scenarios provide us with the context of socio-economic systems which create public social welfare policies. The second one, micro-scenarios use variables of working status and social security services that influence the quality of life of families. In the third level, a model is introduced to create personal scenarios applied to the household economy, and which also integrates coaching elements to facilitate users to explore the possibilities of the future in different personal topics. Finally, economic resources are only a vehicle to materialize those images of their future.

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  3. Moderator: Amy Hosotsuji

    We are all living through a time of radical transformation. It’s been called many things – the 4th Industrial Revolution, the Anthropocene, The Great Displacement, the fully digital era. What all agree on is that it’s marked by tech that can now replace human mental abilities en mass for the first time. The challenge of what skills help us succeed no matter what change comes is what the FutureWe community founded in Australia 2016 has been working on – and now we have an amazing story of crowd-sourced mapping tools and collaborative solutions to share in a huge update from our Education Futures session from the 2018 Futures Festival. Participants will get to play with examples of just where automation is up to in late 2019, and see how this links to what the FutureWe community has come together to create. Spoiler – we are focusing on the radically transforming idea that exploring ideas without set outcomes, and relating to each other – if done first – mean all our futures will be brighter!

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  4. Moderator: Maggie Greyson

    As resiliency is the ability to adapt successfully in the face of stress and adversity, learning how to be resilient is a survival skill of the future. The purpose of this presentation is to help people understand that success is based on one’s mindset, skillset and action. Understanding unconscious bias and how it impacts our lens and decisions is critical to understanding what is required of ourselves and others in an ever changing world where cultural dynamics influence how we communicate or miscommunicate with one another. Participants will be engaged in a minds-on, three part lesson that begins with conceptualizing what success looks like and connecting how unconscious bias impacts the way people engage with one another, followed by a strategic tool to improve intercultural communications and finally how action is the key factor to move visualization into actualization. Participants open to the presentation’s concept will leave with greater insight, inspiration and a critical thinking tool that can be applied to every communication activity and increase successful engagement. As a teacher and former museum educator over the past 20 years, I have seen the positive impact on students as they build their confidence and find their voice to advocate for themselves and others. Many of these students are now influencers in their peer group and agents of change.

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  5. Moderator: Maggie Greyson

    Charitable portrayals of “helping” often conjure up victimhood and passivity in order to validate the assistance being given. There is a growing awareness that these portrayals uphold, rather than counteract, historical and politicized notions of “the other.” This leads to reinforced narrative frames and deepened ignorance. Thus storytelling in the social good sector can and must be done with careful consideration of the notions of voice, agency, and complexity. Why hasn’t been happening already? When our nonprofit communications take queues from institutions and corporations that are constantly selling, selling, selling, we do a disservice to our collective vision. We know the lasting, equity-bringing changes for which people around the world work is born of something much more vital and much more enduring. When it comes to communicating about “doing good,” what happens when we let go of convincing anyone of anything?

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Futures Festival '19 | Radical Transformations


Radical Transformations was the 2019 Futures Festival Theme.
In this expanded virtual event we featured practitioners from around the world who are transforming the way we think about or work in different sectors.

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