UNITED NATIONS FORESIGHT REALTIME DELPHI – DEADLINE JULY 1, 2022
The Millennium Project has launched a new RealTime Delphi to request views on implementation strategies for five foresight elements of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ report: Our Common Agenda. Participants’ responses will be used for a special report to Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General and in the next State of the Future report.
In order to participate to the the RTD, a first review of the report is requested: https://www.un.org/en/content/common-agenda-report/
All those who respond to this questionnaire will receive a summary of the results and will be listed in the appendix of the report to the Director of the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, unless you tell us not to. All answers are anonymous – no attributions will be made, unless you want to be quoted by adding your name to your answer. The report will be used by the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General help define and implement foresight in the UN.
If you wish to contribute to the study, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEN Meeting at Futures Conference – June 15, 2022
We are pleased to announce our next FEN Member Meeting, the first in 2022!
Please, join us on Wednesday, 15th June 2022, from 10-12:30pm EEST (UTC+3), just before Futures Conference 2022 in Turku, Finland begins.
To maximize the possibility for our members across Europe to attend, this meeting will only be held online.
The FEN meeting is free but registration is needed. To attend, please register here: https://forms.gle/ivmjkoPn9aRwRW549
You can expect presentations, small group discussions, and participation in a live research project being implemented by FEN Members at this meeting.
There will be two main sessions:
1. #OurFutures: Images for the future of Europe
2. The Future of towards post-COVID recovery V4 and EU in 2030: Sustainable Innovation Pathways
The meeting will conclude with closing remarks from FEN leadership.
You can download the detailed agenda here: https://futuresconference2022.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/fen-agenda-15062022.pdf
FEN member registration/update proces
Our network is open and voluntary. FEN helps Europe’s foresight people know about each other and be known to each other. Our goals are quite simple: to convene, to discuss, and to enable members to autonomously launch their own collaborations.
After some months of discussion, we are launching a new FEN member registration/update process that aims to:
- provide members and potential members a clear process for joining FEN, updating your info, or leaving the network;
- ensure regular updates to our network member list;
- help us keep our public-facing ‘members & competences’ webpage up-to-date;
- give members clear choices about which communications they wish to receive;
- and ensure compliance with EU GDPR regulations.
Please take a moment today to update your membership info: https://feneu.org/members-competences/become-a-fen-member/
Please note that as we receive registrations, we update accordingly the Members list that is currently outdated: https://feneu.org/members-competences/become-a-fen-member/
Thank you in advance for pitching in to this spring-cleaning task! And, please save the date and watch for an upcoming announcement about our next virtual FEN member meeting 10am-12:30pm (EEST, UTC+3) 15 June 2022.
FEN Management Team
Epaminondas Christophilopoulos , FEN president
Nicolas Balcom Raleigh, FEN Vice-President / Next FEN President
Ania Sacio-Szymańska, FEN Vice-president / Previous FEN President
Mara Di Berardo , Communication Officer
Contribution to Futures v. 2, the World Foresight Encyclopedic Dictionary
We invite you to contribute to the version 2 of FUTURES, the World Foresight Encyclopedic Dictionary, published jointly by The Millennium Project (Jerome Glenn, Theodore Gordon) and its Mexican Node (Concepción Olavarrieta) in 2011. The Futures v. 2 project is co-manged by the Millennium Project and its Mexican Node with the support of the Greek Node.
FUTURES currently has more than 1,000 foresight words and methods. Your participation in this review will help assure that the book has addressed current practices and uses of foresight terms.
If you are interested in contributing to FUTURES Version 2, please write a review of words and/or methods contained in the initial version to epaminondas@PRAXINETWORK.GR according to the following guidelines:
- Words: name, definition, extension 10 lines, sources or references;
- Methods: name, general concepts, steps, extension 30 lines and images.
New proposals of words and methods are welcome as well. Please send your proposals to email@example.com.
The deadline for sending your proposals is April 30th, 2022.
#OurFutures by the European Commission
The European Commission has launched a new project called #OurFutures.This project is taking place within the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe and aims at exploring the futures for Europe together. Citizens from all over the EU are invited to share their visions of the future.
These stories, and the connected data, are collected in an open database. Everyone can use this data to understand what, for instance, inspires young people, what themes are hot in different countries, how people in Belgium might have other issues than people in Greece, and more.
Let’s help spread the word and collect these stories, via social media or during your own workshops. If you would like to organise a workshop about the future but don’t know how, you may visit https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/futures-frequency/.
#OurFuture is a collaborative project, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, inspiration, you are very much invited to reach out.
Strategic Foresight and quantification link for better future-oriented policymakingworkshop – Nov. 23, 2021
Cornelia Daheim, past FEN Vice President (2017-2018), Chair of the Millennium Project Germany Node, and Head of Future Impacts Consulting, is one of the discussants of the upcoming “Strategic Foresight and quantification link for better future-oriented policymaking” taking place on November 23, 2021, 4:30-6:00 PM CET. The workshop is part of the 2021 EU Conference on modelling for policy support, organized by the European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) on Nov. 22-26, 2021.
The workshop will share experience and benefits of combining exploratory qualitative and quantitative strategic foresight approaches in policymaking. It will also highlight how policymakers need to be engaged in the process and include science better in policy development
Opening remarks: Hermine Mitter, Senior Scientist, Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) Wien
Cornelia Daheim, Head, Future Impacts Consulting
Florence Buchholzer, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Robert M’Barek, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Vicky Pollard, DG Climate Action, European Commission
Fabiana Scapolo, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
The registration deadline is Nov. 7, 2021.
Moderation: Eckhard Stoermer and Tommi Asikainen, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission.
STRATEGIC FORESIGHT ONLINE COURSE – JAN. 2022
The Instituto de Estudios Internacionales of the University of Chile organizes an online course about “Strategic foresight, multilateralism and international relations: the macro-transition of the 21st century“, taking place in January 17-21,2022, in collaboration with the Consejo Chileno de Prospectiva y Estrategia, the Millennium Project, the Red Iberoamericana de Prospectiva (RIBER), and the Foresight Europe Network (FEN).
Many representatives from the Millennium Project are involved in the academic body, such as Jerome C. Glenn (“Human Extinction Risks and weakness in thinking about the future”), MP CEO, Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez (“Where is the world headed to. The Macro-Transition towards the future”), MP Argentina, Héctor Casanueva (“The 15 global challenges, the 2030 SDGs and the UN Common Agenda”), MP Chile. All the lessons of the course will be in Spanish, apart from Glenn’s one that will be in English.
Course Description: The world is experiencing a macro-transition towards the future: geopolitical, ecological, digital, energetic. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these processes and increased levels of uncertainty. The new society that is going to emerge is not completely defined yet but we must build it on the basis of trends, emerging realities and scenarios of possible futures. Understanding these transitions is key to strategically design national, local or international public policies, and address local and global business developments. We must know the present, anticipate possible future scenarios if we want to reduce uncertainty, and be prepared for multidimensional crises like the current one. An essential task for all actors, public and private, is to generate socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development, as proposed by the 17 SDGs of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, together with the proposal of the UN SG “Our Common Agenda ”And the 15 global challenges of the Millennium Project.
More information and the registration guidelines can be found at: http://iei.uchile.cl/cursos/180778/prospectiva-estrategica-multilateralismo-y-relaciones-internacionales.
FEN Meeting at the WFSF conference – Oct. 29, 2021
A second Foresight Europe Network annual meeting will take place in October 29, 2021, from 4 pm to 5.30 pm (CET) in Berlin, as a side event of the 24th World Futures Studies Federation Conference of which FEN is partner.
Join the meeting to learn about foresight activity in Europe, meeting foresight collegues and sharing ideas for future foresight work.
The agenda of the FEN meeting is the following:
4.00 pm, Welcome, Epaminondas Christophilopoulos, FEN President
4.15 pm, Keynote Speech,
‘Fostering long-termism as a lever for systems change and climate action: Roles of futures literacy and foresight, Marco Carreira Silva, Innovation Coordinator, Long-Terminism Deep Demonstration, EIT Climate-KIC
4.35 pm, Interactive Activity, #OurFutures project (JRC), Wendy Schultz & Epaminondas Christophilopoulos
5.00 pm, Discussion in smaller groups: What foresight actions could we undertake to promote long-termism among leaders and citizens?
5.30 pm, End of Meeting
Register at https://forms.gle/LkJmx4n6a2VA6K3V6
Download the agenda in .pdf: Foresight Europe Network (FEN) Annual Meeting 2021-3
Discover more about the 24th WFSF conference at https://wfsfconferenceberlin2021.org/
“Prospectiva estratégica, multilateralismo y relactiones internationales en la Macrotransición del siglo XXI” – Sept. 28, 2021
Ibon Zugasti (MP Board Member, Foresight Europe Network and RIBER), Conchita Olavarrieta (Millennium Project Mexico), Héctor Casanueva (MP Vice Chair and MP Chile), Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez (CELGYP and MP Argentina), Paola Aceituno (UTEM Chile), Sergio Bitar (Inter-American Dialogue and Chilean Council for Prospective and Strategy), Dorotea López (Institute for International Studies) and Alberto Van Klaveren, former Vice Minister and Ambassador to the EU will be speakers for the “Prospectiva estratégica, multilateralismo y relactiones internationales en la Macrotransición del siglo XXI. Transición geopolítica, digital, medioambiental y energética” seminar.
The event, in Spanish, will take place on September 28, 2021 and is organized by The Millennium Project, Universidad de Chile – Istituto de Estudio Internacionales, Consejo Chileno de Prospectiva y Estrategia e dal Foresight Europe Network.
Registrations to the webinar can be made at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a5iVuMuuQT6Jbj0PTfkJjQ.
Report of the FEN latest meeting – June, 2021
We have just published a full report of our latest Foresight Europe Network meeting! “Foresight Europe Network: bringing futures/foresight people together“, written by Mara Di Berardo, Nicolas A. Balcom Raleigh, and Epaminondas Christophilopoulos, introduces our network leadership and activities and the results of the meeting carried out on June 7, 2021.
The Foresight Europe Network (FEN) is an open network of individuals who are active in futures and foresight research, education, and practice across Europe. Its objective is to foster connections among its members to enable opportunities for cooperation. Several of the members are also active in the The Millennium Project, serving as nodes for this international and independent foresight-oriented think tank. The latest FEN meeting was held on June 7, 2021. It was a free pre-event of the Futures Conference 2021 “Learning Futures – Futures of Learning”, hosted by Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku. This was the fifth time a FEN meeting was held in cooperation with the FFRC’s Futures Conference series. Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, both the conference and the FEN meeting were held as virtual events. A total of 35 people attended the FEN meeting. This summary report aims to convey the highlights from the meeting as a reminder for the participants and for the benefit of those in the network who were unable to attend. It also includes a summary of a talk given by Jerome Glenn, co-founder and CEO of The Millennium Project at a special session during the conference. The following sections show the meeting agenda, a brief account of the FEN president’s opening remarks, summaries of talks given by invited speakers Jake Sotiriadis and Riyong Kim, plus Jerome Glenn’s talk later during the futures conference, a summary of outcomes from the free-form small group discussions responding to those presentations, and a brief account of closing remarks given by the FEN Vice President (Future President).
Download & quote: Di Berardo M., Balcom Raleigh N. A., Christophilopoulos E. (2021). Foresight Europe Network: Bringing Futures/Foresight People Together. Foresight Europe Network. September 16. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.27648.35849.
We are going to meet again soon during the upcoming 24th World Futures Studies Federation conference in October. More news coming soon!
FORESIGHT EUROPE NETWORK: A PLACE FOR BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.
A short report about our Foresight Europe Network latest meeting, carried out on June 7, 2021, has been just published on “Human Futures. Insight for the Futurati“ August issue, the World Futures Studies Federation online magazine.
“Foresight Europe Network: A place for Bringing People Together“, written by Mara Di Berardo, Nicolas A. Balcom Raleigh, and Epaminondas Christophilopoulos, illustrates the content of the speeches given during the workshop by the invited speakers, Jake Sotiriadis, Riyong Kim and Jerome Glenn, and the results of the small groups discussion carried out soon after with suggestions to improve foresight and futures studies.
Many other interesting papers can be found on this issue of the magazine. You can read it online at https://issuu.com/wfsf.president/docs/human_futures_magazine_august_2021_final_09-05-21
Direct .pdf Download from Google Drive (external src): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IjYgHXJGHmtcyBI_4ua_6SIMJDaYwVWr/view?usp=sharing
FEN community meets virtually, November 2020
On 26 November 2020 FEN community gathered for the first online meeting in 2020.
Exactly one year passed since our previous meet-up in Italy and thus everybody was eager to share news on their recent foresight undertakings. If you wish to go through all the presentations, you will find them all in this folder. Enjoy!
Thank you all for your active participation and see you at the FFRC ‘Learning Futures – Futures of Learning’ Conference online on 8–9 June 2021.
26th November 2020 (10 am – 1:30 pm CET)
1st Session / (60’)
- 10:00-10:05 Welcome
- 10:05-10:15 The history of FEN – Ms Cornelia DAHEIM, Future Impacts
- 10:15-10:25 Recent FEN activities – Ms Anna SACIO-SZYMAŃSKA, 4CF
- 10:25-10:30 What is next – Mr Epaminondas CHRISTOFILOPOULOS, FORTH-PRAXI
- 10:30 – 10:50 Keynote speech on the 2020 Strategic Foresight Report: charting the course towards a more resilient Europe – Mr Dimitri LORENZANI, Team Leader for Strategic Foresight, Secretariat General of the European Commission
2nd Session / (90’)
- 11:00-11:40 Talks by FEN members – part 1 (3’ each)
- 11:50-12:30 Talks by FEN members – part 2 (3’ each)
3rd Session (30’)
- 12:35-13:00 Reference scenarios for Europe – session moderated by Ms Erica BOL, Foresight Unit JRC EC
- Introduction – Mr Blaz GOLOB, GoForesight
- Discussion on drivers of change and trends across Member States via Miro Board
4th Session (30’)
- 13:00-13:30 Global outlook – invited speakers’ session moderated by Mr Ibon ZUGASTI, Prospektiker
- 13:00-13:10 Mr José Luis CORDEIRO, TMP, The Death of Death
- 13:10-13:20 Mr Jerome GLENN, TMP, COVID-19 Scenarios and Anticipatory Governance: ANI to AGI
- 13:20-13:30 Mr Héctor CASANUEVA, IELAT, A perspective on the EC Strategic Foresight Report
Wrap-up and farewell
FEN members meet in Italy, November 2019
On 26 November 2019 FEN community met in University of Pisa in conjunction with the beFORE project final conference. Together we were celebrating the release of the protoype online course in foresight and Futures Literacy and we were brainstorming about the next steps of foresight capacity building among stakeholders from academia, business and policy environments.
Agenda 26 November 2019
15:00 – 16:00 Inspiring plenary session
- Welcome and roundtable introduction
- Review of FEN priorities, activities and plans for 2020 (Anna Sacio-Szymańska – Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute for Sustainable Technologies, Poland)
- Piloting a Futures Literacy–Theatre Lab for unaccompanied asylum seeking minors (Irianna – CERTH/PRAXI, Greece);
- Using the nudge theory within the Delphi method: reducing the inconsistency in the Analytic Hierarchy Process (Simone di Zio, University “G. d’Annunzio”, Chieti-Pescara, Italy)
- How to communicate and use scenarios (Sirkka Heinonen, FFRC, Finland)
16:00 – 17:00: Hot roundtables
- Roundtable 1: Foresight Europe 2034 (facilitation BlazGolob, GoForesight, Slovenia);
- Roundtable 2: Brainstoming project ideas: participants collectively identify desirable topics for potential project proposals, which would allow for staff/expertise exchange, trainings, methods & tools testing among the members of the network. (facilitation: Anna Sacio-Szymańska, L-ITEE, Poland and Stefanie Ollenburg, Free University Berlin, Germany)
- Sharing results of roundtables in plenary.
- Summary & Next steps
FEN members meet in Poland, May 2019
On 29 – 30 May 2019 Lamberton Conference Centre in Warsaw area welcomed Futures
Studies community ready to actively and wholeheartedly contribute to the Future
Engineering 2019 conference by spreading the virtue of futures thinking among the
conference audience… Meeting overview and photos here.
29 May – Keynote session on Global Trends
- The Millennium Project: 15 Global Challenges and State of the Future report – Ibon ZUGASTI (Prospektiker)
- Sustainable Development Goals & New Emerging Technologies – Blaž GOLOB (European Blockchain HUB)
- The Future of Work – Cornelia DAHEIM (Future Impacts)
30 May – Session on Future- and Industry 4.0 readiness
- Using foresight to engineer strategic thinking for success in complex and uncertain environments – Leon D. YOUNG (Huon Strategic)
- Teaching about the Future: is this possible? – Peter BISHOP & Erica BOL (Teach the Future Foundation)
Workshops/ serious games
- 29 May – 4CF Stranger Futures “Making innovations in 2050” (by Norbert Kołos, Kacper Nosarzewski and Maciej Jagaciak; 4CF);
- 30 May – Smart Factory Actors 4.0 (by Andre Winzer, Gina Strecker and Bernhard Albert; Schaltzeit & Foresight Solutions);
- 30 May – Teach the Future (by Erica Bol & Els Dragt; TTF)
29 May – Session on Technology and corporate foresight
- The use of foresight in designing innovation labs in organizations – the case of the Greek navy – Emmanouil KOUKIOS, Nikolaos KOURAKOS, Lazaros KARAOGLANOGLOU, Dimitrios KOULLAS (National Technical University of Athens)
- One step ahead? The use of foresight methods by the Czech non-governmental organizations – Eva Šerá KOMLOSSYOVÁ, Lucie MACKOVÁ, Martin SCHLOSSAREK, Nikola MEDOVÁ (Palacký University Olomouc)
- Agile – a new kind of conversation about the future in organisations?
Christoph KELLER (Aveniture GmbH)
- Russian S&T Foresight 2030: Key issues – Yadviga RADOMIROVA, Alexander CHULOK (National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE),
- The road to prototyping an online course in futures literacy for students, academics, and entrepreneurs – Anna SACIO-SZYMAŃSKA , Anna PAJĄK (Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute for Sustainable Technologies), Stefanie OLLENBURG (Free University Berlin, Institut Futur, Germany), Anna KONONIUK (Bialystok University of Technology)
- JRC Competence Center on Foresight – Elizabeth FLORESCU (European Commission, JRC)
30 May FEN meeting and roundtable discussions
- Introduction to FEN and meeting objectives (A. Sacio-Szymanska);
- Update on collaboration with other networks (C. Daheim);
- FEN – TTF Collaboration/ Teach the Future Advocacy (E. Bol);
- Update on regional Horizon Scanning activity (E. Christofilopoulos);
- FEN STRATEGY & OPERATIONS/ facilitated by C. Daheim;
- FEN AGENCY / facilitated by E. Christofilopoulos;
- FEN – TTF collaboration / facilitated by E. Bol.
FEN members meet in Tampere, June 2018
The meeting, with 15 participants from 7 countries, focused especially on topics and projects which are ongoing or of interest within FEN. It was held in conjunction with the conference “Energizing Futures” organized by FFRC, who also acted as our hosts. Starting with presentations (on news from FEN, a project proposal on the future of global governance and news from the Millennium Project), it also featured working sessions on global governance and project proposals as well as urban futures. Furthermore, a team from FEN ran a workshop on city futures and how to work with personas in the respective processes, during the FFRC conference, building on the work by Digipolis Ghent.
The documents below feature the presentations from the meeting as well as meeting and workshop minutes.
For slides from the FEN-workshop on Working with Personas specifically in Urban Futures, by Joris Wauters, Digipolis Ghent, see here.
FEN members meet in Berlin, May 16th 2018
The meeting focussed especially on gaming and experiential foresight approaches – a set of tools, techniques and practices that have recently gained in importance in the field. Here, we have not only discussed, but also experienced a variety of these approaches in interactive working session. Also, the meeting featured presentations e.g. by Laurent Bontoux, EU JRC foresight team and Prof. Dr. Nadezhda Gaponenko, The Institute for the Study of Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as six workshops on a variety of gaming and experiential foresight approaches.
We were hosted by the futures studies programme at Freie Universität Berlin (more info here: http://www.ewi-psy.fu-berlin.de/en/v/master-zukunftsforschung/index.html), and glad to have a number of students not only joining the meeting, but also actively contributing to it with their own sessions. Overall, approx. 40 participants from various European countries took part in the meeting.
The documents below feature the presentations from the meeting as well as meeting and workshop minutes.
FEN members meet in Florence, November 9th 2017
On November 9th, approximately 30 foresight practitioners and academics from over 15 European countries met in the coworking space 91C in Florence to discuss European foresight matters and exchange experiences and perspectives. The meeting was opened with a keynote on “The methods adopted by the Tuscany Region for the development of the smart specialization strategy” delivered by Dr. Emanuele Fabbri from the Office of Tuscany Region, and an input on FEN-directions by Cornelia Daheim, Future Impacts and FEN-president.
It continued with an update on the Millennium Project (http://www.millennium-project.org) by Ibon Zugasti, and a presentation by Anna Sacio-Szymańska (Institute for Sustainable Technologies NRI and FEN-vice-president) concerning the “Becoming Future-ORiented Entrepreneurs in universities and companies” – beFORE project, a Knowledge Alliance funded by EACEA.
In addition, three workshops were held concerning:
- Future of Cities & Regions (chaired by Martine Delannoy from Digipolis)
- Foresight Capacity-Building (chaired by Anna Sacio-Szymańska, ITeE-PIB)
- Global Challenges, Global Governance (chaired Norbert Kołos, 4CF).
The next FEN meeting will be held on the day before or the day after the FFRC Futures conference 2018 in Tampere (the conference is on 13th and 14th of June 2018), see https://futuresconference2018.wordpress.com .
The documents below feature the presentations from the meeting as well as meeting and workshop minutes.
FEN members meet in Turku, 13-14 June 2017
In June 2017, the FEN members met in Turku on 13 and 14th of June, in conjunction with the international futures research conference organised by FFRC. About 40 foresight experts discussed new developments in their foresight work, and presentations featured topics from the emerging bioceconomy, a new foresight platform tool, to futures studies in Mexico and the Czech Republic. The meeting centred on key strategic directions for FEN that will focus our next activities:
- The Future of Work
- Creating the Future with the Younger Generation
- Foresight Capacity Building
- Future of Cities
The next FEN meeting will be held in November 2017 in Florence. In Turku, in addition to the FEN meeting, several FEN members also conducted an interactive workshop on „Future of Work – European perspectives“, presenting and discussing developments in trends shaping the future of work in Finland, Spain, Greece, the Czech Republic and Germany. The documents below feature the presentations from the Turku meeting as well as meeting and workshop minutes:
FEN members meet in Ljubljana
Autumn 2016 FEN meeting was held in Ljubljana after following Ljubljana forum on Future of Cities. Nodes presented their activities and different projects, followed by election of Vice President FEN 2017-2018. Anna Sacio-Szymańska was elected as Vice President FEN for the 2017 -2018 According to the FEN policy From 1st of January 2017 Cornelia Daheim will become the President of FEN and Blaž Golob Vice President for the time period of 2017-2018.
FEN members meet in Starachowice
On September 29th and 30th, Europa hotel hosted 3rd 2016 Future Engineering conference, which brought together science and business representatives ready to speak about common projects in the broad theme of manufacturing technologies. This year’s edition was exceptional as it broadened the scope of the conference towards foresight through the international Foresight Europe Network (FEN) featured session on the interdependencies between foresight and innovation management. Please find the conference summary below.
FEN members meet San Sebastian
Nodes presented and evaluated their past activities and projects. Since FEN network receives expressions of interest of many different organisations to join the network, current FEN participants agreed that network is open for all members who are active in European foresight. Future collaboration activities and potential project opportunities were defined as well. In 2016, FEN network will be active in European foresight events: TURKU conference in Finland, Zagreb Forum in May in Croatia, Future of Engineering conference in September in Poland, and Ljubljana Forum on Future of cities in October in Slovenia. Meeting participants set the goals for 2016 to provide a concept and curriculum for Foresight training course and the concept of the future of cities.
In the photography: FEN Members from Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Croatia.
FEN members meet in Zagreb
Nodes presented their activities and projects and evaluated current Millennium project challenges. The opportunities for strengthened cooperation among the network members were agreed in connection to the EU calls potentially relevant for FEN. FEN members discussed the challenge of providing FEN with a toolkit for Foresight capacity building and leadership in various levels in partnership with different partners. The plan of activities for the upcoming period was prepared regarding the FEN communication and strengthening FEN European identity by following the vision of FEN ‘’Foresight for better Europe’’ and with concrete projects, foresight capacity building, and items of European interest such as the future of cities. FEN members agreed that the next meeting will take place in San Sebastian, Spain, March 15-16, 2016, alongside the future of cities event with Latin America City mayors.
FEN members meet in Turku, Finland
The second FEN meeting was held in Turku, Finland, 12-13 June 2015. The FEN governing board members presented the FEN vision and mission ”Foresight for Better Europe”, the objectives and goals of FEN as defined in Paris UNESCO meeting. Participants reviewed the new knowledge sharing platform www.feneu.org and agreed that it represents great improvement and lever for public visibility. The FEN strategy was discussed further on with key future development plans and projects.
For the very first time the delegation of the City of Belgrade joined the FEN which demonstrates the leadership of our network in the smart city development in the region. Therefore, the next FEN meeting will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, connected to Ljubljana Forum smart city development event.
New joint initiative Foresight Europe Network (FEN) established
ERFC-EUMPI members gathered at the Anticipatory Governance Workshop at UNESCO, Paris, 24th of October 2014 to renew its vision and mission and establish objectives for the next period.
During 2012-2014, the ERFC-EUMPI Network has been working on a program called Foresight 2.0., in order to initiate the search of innovative and creative components in a new generation of foresight. Three reviews of field experiences have been organised in San Sebastian (Spain) about the Gipuzkoa experience, in Genval (Belgium) about the foresight experience of Wallonia, and in Ljubljana (Slovenia) about the foresight in the Danube region. The outcomes of these field studies were published in a book Regional Foresight 2.0 experiences that was launched during the Warsaw meeting in 2013, and can also be downloaded from the ERFC website :
The members of the network established new Mission and Vision statements for the new Foresight Europe Network (FEN), together with the working and research priorities for the next period.
The founding president of the network is Blaz Golob for the 2015-2016 period. The Vice presidents are Cornelia Daheim and Ibon Zugasti.