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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.

Agenda

26th November 2020 (10 am – 1:30 pm CET)

1st Session / (60’)

2nd Session / (90’)

  • 11:00-11:40 Talks by FEN members – part 1 (3’ each)
  • Break
  • 11:50-12:30 Talks by FEN members – part 2 (3’ each)
  • Break

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’)

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.

Agenda

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)

Papers/ presentations

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 :
http://www.foresight-college.eu/spip.php?article83.

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.

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FEN members meet in Italy, November 2019
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FEN members meet in Tampere, June 2018
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FEN members meet in Berlin, May 16th 2018
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FEN members meet in Florence, November 9th 2017
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FEN members meet in Turku, 13-14 June 2017
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New joint initiative Foresight Europe Network (FEN) established