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Dans le cadre de la conférence Paris Talks, Riel Miller, futuriste et ancien chef du département de prospective à L'UNESCO animera, autour d’un petit-déjeuner dédié aux chef d’entreprises, journalistes, décideur.es, visionnaires et passionné.es des métiers et tendances de la prospective, une masterclasse focalisée sur l'anticipation au 21ème siecle.


Paris Talks is excited to feature Riel Miller, former UNESCO foresight boss, in a lecture that will focus on capacity building on Futures Literacy.

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Living in a complex emergent world is what makes freedom and diversity possible. But at the same time, it requires living with uncertainty. The future cannot be predicted. There is no way to foretell, to know in advance, what will happen. This means, on the one hand, that we are lucky since we owe our existence as a species to the novelty and creativity of evolutionary emergence. Yet it also means, on the other hand, that we face a daunting challenge when we want to harness human agency – our desire to do "good" – because we must turn uncertainty from being an enemy into a friend.

But how?

How can the demonic disruptor of planning, the saboteur of so-called 'risk-free' bets, the monster named uncertainty becomes an ally, an endless source of fulfillment? Can we stop the cursed future, when it arrives, from bringing uncertainty to life? Can we tame the future? What method or tool will enable us to colonize tomorrow with our best intentions,

Can we stop the cursed future, when it arrives, from bringing uncertainty to life? Can we tame the future? What method or tool will enable us to colonize tomorrow with our best intentions, best-laid plans, and indomitable will-to-power?

Nothing.

Thankfully complex emergent futures will defeat human hubris every time. Even the exceptions, when luck or hindsight can be woven into a story of prescience, genius, management, leadership, just give the historian a chance to prove the rule. Our universe is creative, not deterministic. So what can be done? Simple really, become better at understanding why and how we imagine the future. After all the future, for conscious human anticipation, is always a figment of our imaginations. And why and how we imagine can be much more diverse than simply trying to be omnipotent by predicting and then trying vainly to impose today's idea of the future on the future.

By becoming more Futures Literate, that means more capable, more skilled at 'using-the-future' for different reasons, with different ways of imagining, in different contexts, we can turn the future from a liability, a source of never-ending disappointment in our own false expectations, into an asset for detecting and inventing the rich emergent, novelty ridden world around us. We turn our preoccupation with the future as an end that justifies the means into a means for enriching the present so that we can express our values now.

Escaping the tyranny of the predicted future enables an expansion of what we can see and do now, of performing our values as a living legacy not some monument to glory or obedience to mummified pasts. Being Futures Literate gives us the skill to enlarge the menu, diversify what we can see and do. Changing the way the future is used makes it easier to turn means into ends, to live our values now rather than justifying our perceptions and actions in the name of some later good, of people and communities not yet born, not yet even imagined.

Futures Literacy is a capability.

Like the capability to read and write, which in English is called being "literate", Futures Literacy is a skill that enables people to 'use-the-future' for different reasons and in different ways, in different contexts. The theoretical and analytical framework that describes Futures Literacy as a capability encompasses all of the conscious ways that humans explicitly deploy the capacity to imagine the future, ranging from econometric forecasting or climate change modeling to strategic foresight, creative imagining, and even various forms of divination.

For further detail see the forthcoming book: Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century.

This Lecture is organized for a few selected people as a pre-conference event for Paris Talks main conference that will start at 11.15am at the prestigious Parisian théâtre de la Porte St-Martin on the 26th of March 2017.

This lecture is limited to a small number of attendees. Tickets are given on a first come, first served basis.

This lecture is organized as a pre-conference event for Paris Talks main conference that will start at 11.15am at the prestigious Parisian théâtre de la Porte St-Martin on the 26th of March 2018.

Lecture is limited to a small number of attendees

We convene this community in intimate, peer-level gathering in the Petit St-Martin (sister theater to le théâtre de la Porte St-Martin - located in the same building) where decision-makers, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, educators, futurists, environmentalists, economists, visionaries...will listen and learn about some provocative and disruptive insights, promising new ideas and approaches on how to design wanted futures.

Lecture Programme:

08:45 am: Attendees’ Arrival + Registration + Breakfast

9:30am: Lecture begins

10:30am: Lecture ends + Coffee Networking

10:50am: End

To sign up now for this lecture alone please do it here.

To sign up for the Paris Talks Full-Day Conference (that include this Lecture and many other features), please do it here.

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