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Expert Meeting on “Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century”


This technical experts meeting will review the innovative Futures Literacy initiatives implemented throughout the world, as presented in the forthcoming book “Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century”.

Experts will discuss: What is Futures Literacy? What is the Discipline of Anticipation? What are Futures Literacy Laboratories and how do these activities support UNESCO’s leadership in helping the social and human sciences contribute to humanity’s efforts to achieve sustainability, inclusion and peace?

The first day will focus on the status of “Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century” and will include:

1.an overview of the publication and the main proof-of-concept hypotheses;
2.a detailed account of the key terms being used in the book, specifically: Future Studies, Futures Literacy, Discipline of Anticipation, Anticipatory Systems and Processes, Anticipatory Assumptions, Collective Intelligence Knowledge Creation Processes, and Future Literacy Laboratories;
3.the case studies as evidence of the proof-of-concept hypotheses.

Participants will also be encouraged to attend and participate in the public event, the announcement of “Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century”.

The second day will commence with an open session that will start by collecting the key issues participants would like to discuss further as a group. Participants will be asked to think about this in advance and send in proposals for one or two items, taking into account the "in-press” version of the book that will be provided prior to this meeting.

The second session of the day will allow participants to contribute to the field of futures literacy study by refining its terminology.

In the final session of the day, participants will be invited to submit proposals for a research agenda and ultimately shape the way that the future is used around the world.


Type of Event Category 6-Expert Committee
Start 13.04.2017 12:30 local time
End 14.04.2017 14:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Miller, Riel
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Riel Miller, r.miller@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO, Miollis Building
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room XV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 25
Official Website
Link 1 Watch the video "Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century"
Link 2 More on Anticipation and Foresight
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