July 27-29, 2012 • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Preconference Courses: July 26-27, 2012 • Professional Members’ Forum: July 30, 2012
Futurists’ Views from Around the World
Ibon Zugasti (co-chair) is director, Prospektiker, general manager in LKS Market Research, chairman of the Millennium Project Node in Spain, chairman of the European Regional Foresight College, and National coordinator in Spain for the PREPARE Network, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Concepción Olavarrieta (co-chair) El Proyecto Del Milenio, México City, México
How do futurists from different continents view local and global future prospects? What is on the minds of these futurists? As the world continues its accelerating interdependency, futurists are wise to take into account the insights from other futurists around the world.
Chairs and co-chairs of The Millennium Project Nodes from Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America will share their views about what is important to understand today about the foreseeable future. Each panelist will discuss issues he/she thinks are important to understand, including what is not well known or is misunderstood, and what is important to know to help improve the future of humanity.
Participants will leave this session with an understanding of:
- The perceptions of future issues from different cultures, alternative approaches to futures work, and what futurists in other countries are doing.
- How this knowledge will reduce the likelihood of being blindsided by issues and sensitivities in different cultures.
- How improving the international content in university futures instruction could lead to international consulting opportunities.
Syed Isa is president, Algaetech, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reyhan Huseynova is president of Azerbaijan Future Studies Society, Baku, Azerbaijan
José Cordeiro is teaching fellow at Singularity University and chair, Venezuelan Node
Youngsook Park is president of UN Future Forum, Seoul, South Korea
Cornelia Daheim is managing director, Z_punkt GmbH The Foresight Company, Cologne, Germany
Mohsen Bahrami is an associate professor, Amir Kabir University of Technology, Tehran, I. R. Iran
Yarima Sosa, office of president of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Pavel Novacek, Palacky University, Olomouc and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Elizabeth Florescu is director of research, The Millennium Project, Canada and Romania
Kamal Zaki Mahmoud Sheer, Egyptian-Arab Futures Research Association, Cairo, Egypt