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First International Conference on ANTICIPATION








5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy)

The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, ISSS-International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University of Trento, is organizing the First International Conference on ANTICIPATION.

Relevant dates:
Deadline for individual abstracts: 30 April 2015
Acceptance/rejection: 15 May 2015
Final Program: 30 June 2015
Early registration: Before 1 September 2015
Deadline registration: 15 October 2015
Conference: 5-7 November 2015

The Conference's Program Committee invites proposals for sessions to be held in conjunction with the main conference. Further information is available from http://www.projectanticipation.org, the website of the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems.

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Using The Future - Website

Using The Future - Website

Using The Future is an introduction to anticipatory systems. It is powered by collective intelligence and learning by doing. It allows everyone to develop their futures skills. Experts build better projects by engaging with more people. Organisations participate in risk and reward.

For more information go to http://usingthefuture.com/ or to join their newsletter.

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Feedback from the “Seeds of a Good Anthropocene: A Southern African Perspective” workshop







Feedback from the “Seeds of a Good Anthropocene: A Southern African Perspective” workshop

Last week, on the 3rd and 4th of November, more than 60 academics, practitioners, and students from around South Africa gathered at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) for an open science dialogue on the “Seeds of a Good Anthropocene: A Southern African Perspective”, organized by SAPECS and the Centre for Studies in Complexity.

The Anthropocene is a new planetary era in which the extent of human impact on the Earth and its systems has come to rival the great forces of nature. There is growing recognition that dramatic socio‐cultural, political and technological changes are required to achieve a “Good Anthropocene” – a future that meets the deeply intertwined developmental and environmental needs of society.

Read more about the workshop
Watch the “Welcome to the Anthropocene” video
Read the article “Welcome to the Anthropocene” in the Economist

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Call for Papers: Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems, 11–12 June 2015, Turku, Finland








Call for Papers: Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems, 11–12 June 2015, Turku, Finland

Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems: Where Futures Research, Education and Action Meet

“Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems” is an international forum for the philosophies, methods, ideas and concrete examples to find out what is going on in the field of futures research, education and action. The aim is to harness the views of preferable futures and methods for reaching them. The conference will work collaboratively discussing research, initiatives and projects to gather various views and compose ideas to face future challenges.
For more information go to: https://futuresconference2015.wordpress.com/

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Why strategic foresight matters for Africa

Why strategic foresight matters for Africa

African Futures Paper 12 | October 2014
Institute for Security Studies

Over the past five decades, Africa has experienced great transition and change. Many positive developments are taking shape on the continent. Overall, human development is improving, conflict has declined and sustained economic growth presents genuine opportunities for development. Yet many structural challenges persist, and the pressure to tackle these simultaneously is probably the most complex task the continent faces today. Africa needs to deepen its strategic reflection in order to anticipate the future with confidence. It must think more systematically about long-term trends and plan for the future if it is to take advantage of opportunities arising from economic growth.
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9th UNESCO Youth Forum

9th UNESCO Youth Forum

3-5 November 2015
The Forum will bring together young women and men from across the Organization’s Member States to discuss current youth issues and formulate a number of strategic recommendations. These will reflect both the views of youth present at the Forum and those of youth who will have contributed online before the event. The recommendations will be presented to Member States at the General Conference.
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