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Call for Papers: Learning Futures – Futures of Learning

Call for Papers: Learning Futures – Futures of Learning
10–12 June 2020, Helsinki Finland

As we move further into the 21st century, we need to renew our understanding of what it means to learn, teach, and develop new knowledge. Education systems and learning processes for people of all ages are needed to navigate uncertainty, address known problems, identify new ones, and be able to detect and make the sense of emergent issues and opportunities. The roles of education and learning are also becoming more essential in solving the pressing global ecological, cultural, societal and economic challenges. One pathway for renewal is the development of futures learning at all levels of education and in wider society.




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Futures Festival Online 2019

Futures Festival Online 2019
November 9th, 2019

The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) is a growing community of futurists dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and futures studies. APF hosts online discussions such as the Futures Festival, an annual 12-hour virtual gathering, and offers professional development programs and recognition for excellence in futures. The annual APF Futures Festival is an opportunity for people across the globe to share projects, insights, experiences, and ideas. Futures Festival ’19 brings together projects that consider, provoke, and support radical transformations.


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International Book Launch

 International Book Launch

Electrification in Peer-to-Peer Society – New Narrative for Sustainable Futures

Monday 4th November
2 – 4 pm

Hotel Radisson BLU,
22 Riebeek St,
Cape Town
City Centre

This Book Launch is a pre-conference event for the Annual Conference of the Club of Rome

Our Joint Futures – Lessons from Africa

Two topics of the Club of Rome’s new programme are directly related to the thematic of this book: Climate Emergency Initiative & Emerging New Civilizations

Download the programme

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Contribute to the horizon scanning activity










Please contribute to the horizon scanning activity: "Achieving food and nutrition security, reducing inequality, and preserving terrestrial ecosystems: 100 critical research questions for decision makers in sub-Saharan Africa."


Sentinel: Social and Environmental Trade-Offs in African Agriculture, needs your input. With the human population of sub-Saharan Africa expected to double, and food demand to triple over the next 50 years, decisions made today can have profound effects on the future. And we must ensure governments, policy makers and private sector have access to the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge to aid them in the decision-making process.


The Sentinel project team in partnership with International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are leading a "horizon scanning" activity to identify the 100 most critical research questions that would have the greatest positive impact on addressing these challenges and aid in the decision-making process. The aim of this horizon scanning activity is: “Achieving food and nutrition security, reducing inequality, and preserving terrestrial ecosystems: 100 critical research questions for decision makers in sub-Saharan Africa.”


We want to hear your views. We are recruiting participants and organisations that are involved and/or work in sub-Saharan Africa to contribute their questions. You do not need to have in-depth knowledge to participate, and we are keen to hear from anyone involved in the region, especially if you are actively engaged with the agricultural sector.  Find out more and send your questions now. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 31 August 2019.


Sentinel is an interdisciplinary research project led by IIED, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK Research Councils. It is seeking to address the challenge of achieving ‘zero hunger’ in sub-Saharan Africa, while at the same time reducing inequalities and conserving ecosystems.


Over four years Sentinel aims to understand the challenges, trade-offs and synergies inherent in working towards these development goals in three African countries – Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia. This knowledge will help governments, policy makers and the private sector to make better-informed decisions about land use, agricultural practices and investments so that food security can be improved while limiting the loss of biodiversity and protecting social equality.


Find out more about the project and sign up to the quarterly newsletter.


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SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019





SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019

Johannesburg on October 16 and 17 2019


Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all.


Our collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. We offer educational programs, courses, and summits; enterprise strategy, leadership, and innovation programs; programs to support and scale startups and promote social impact; and online news and content. The SU community includes entrepreneurs, corporations, global nonprofits, governments, investors, and academic institutions in more than 127 countries. With over 5,000 impact initiatives, our community is driving positive change in the areas of health, environment, security, education, energy, food, prosperity, water, space, disaster resilience, shelter, and governance.



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Future Shock at 50--request for contributions

Future Shock at 50--request for contributions


Dear all,


John Schroeter--publisher at Technica Curiosa--is organising a book marking the 50th anniversary of Future Shock (see the full explanation below).


He already has some distinguished contributors (including Alan Kay and the astronomer Martin Rees as well as our own Andy Hines, Richard Slaughter, and Clem Bezold) but would like to extend the range of diversity and voices. He's looking for contributions of 750 words to 2,000 words, with a delivery of manuscript in late April.


The brief is to reflect on an aspect of Alvin Toffler's book and then pivot towards your own personal perspective on the future, though the lens of your take on the book.


Jay has asked me to co-ordinate a response; I'm going to suggest that if you're interested in getting involved, you can share with me a 75-90 word summary of what you're thinking of saying, and I'll package those up and share them with John. He can then decide what is saying something different from the contributions he already has. The deadline for those 75-90 word synopses is Saturday 16th February.


Looking at the line-up so far, it might be characterised as being mostly men of a certain age and colour, perhaps in keeping with the period when the book was published. If you work with younger or more diverse groups of futurists, or people who might have a distinctive perspective on Toffler's book, please share this with them. 




Andrew Curry


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Invitation for "Future Shock at 50" Project


Hello and thank you for allowing me this opportunity to introduce myself. This is John Schroeter writing to invite your participation in our upcoming book marking the 50-year anniversary of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. The title/subtitle of the new work is “After Shock: The world’s foremost futurists reflect on 50 years of Future Shock—and look forward to the next 50.”


We would be honored and delighted if your network of professional futurists would like to contribute short essays to the book. Briefly, this would involve reflections on the classic text (any aspect they might choose), and then segue to the authors’ particular views of the future—through the lenses of their work and ideas. The essays will be on the order of 750 to 2,000 words, depending on what is needed to adequately address the subject matter.


At the end of essays, we will include their bio and significant links. 

We look forward to the possibility of working with you on what I know will be an exciting and rewarding project.


Thank you, and best regards,


John Schroeter, Publisher

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