Introducing Futures Literacy for Transformative Climate Action

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Introducing Futures Literacy for Transformative Climate Action

Introducing Futures Literacy for Transformative Climate Action

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“The future does not exist. Yet, we use her every day: we predict, we fear, we dream, we hope. When we anticipate we often apply subconscious assumptions as we extrapolate from the past to plan, predict and prepare. This has a large impact on individual and collective behaviour, as we repeat past mistakes and unwittingly ‘innovate’ towards dystopian narratives that persist within the status quo.” Recognized by UNESCO as “A critical competency for the 21st Century” Futures Literacy (FL) is the practice of investigating our perceptions of different futures to better navigate complexity in the present.

Guided by leading international FL experts Loes Damhof (UNESCO Chair Futures Literacy) and Laureline Simon (OneResilient Earth), you will immerse ourselves in multiple Futures of Climate Action to rethink our decisions, assumptions and behaviour in the present. Futures Literacy Laboratories are hands on knowledge creation processes that follow a three step learning curve: Reveal, Reframe and Rethink. Originally developed by UNESCO for governments, the Chair in Futures Literacy and One Resilient Earth have joined forces in applying this methodology to people of all walks of life, to nurture the capability of imagining and seeing the present anew. From the UN-led initiative Resilience Frontiers to customized training programs using Art and Futures Thinking to address climate action, Loes and Laureline have been exploring the multiple benefits of rethinking our relationship to futures, and of expanding imagination.

This interactive session aims to offer : 

– An eye-opening experience that addresses some of humanity’s most pressing concerns by slowing down and opening up to emergence 

– New understanding and perceptions of urgency, complexity and of our current poverty of imagination 

– An introduction into Futures Literacy as a capability that can be grown by all 

– New connections and directions with fellow coaches, FL practitioners, creatives and social innovators 

Session Duration – 2hrs

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Event Timezone Reference - UTC

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Loes Damhof (Co-Host & Presenter) was elected Lecturer of the Year 2016 of all higher education in The Netherlands for her innovative practices and passion for teaching at Hanze University. As part of the UNESCO Chair on Futures Literacy in Higher Education, she consults and trains staff of UN organizations, NGOs and corporations on Futures Literacy as a capability to make better informed decisions. As a Futures Literacy Expert, she designs, develops and facilitates Futures Literacy Labs. You can view her TED talk about Futures Literacy given at TEDxYouth Groningen in March 2022 'Futures Literacy: shaping your present by reimagining futures' on TEDXTalks.

Laureline Simon (Co-Host & Presenter) has led and facilitated international collaboration projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation since 2006, including with the UNFCCC. She founded One Resilient Earth in 2020 to pioneer a regenerative and transformative approach to fostering climate resilient worlds. One Resilient Earth works with UN organizations, universities, museums and local community organizations, and nurtures synergies between science, art, ancient wisdom and new technologies. Her TEDx talk about 'The first thing you need to do to address climate change' can be viewed on TEDxTalks.

Event Language - English & French

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Spare Field - Not in use - Tim Collings (Co-Host) co-convenes the ANZ region for the Climate Coaching Alliance, is a professional coach & experience designer/facilitator, an Futures Literacy alumni, a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp, Course Assessor for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership High Impact Leadership course, and has been an invitational speaker on transformational collective climate narratives at exhibition openings, political fundraising events, the Climate Psychology Alliance global summit 2021 and at the Sydney Opera House for the climate symposium THAW:Enough Talk 2022.

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Mar 9, 2023 @ 07:00 AM (BST) to
Mar 9, 2023 @ 08:30 AM (BST)


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