Program


This is a draft programme and it is updated nearly on a daily basis.

Day 1

09:00 - 09:05 Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Seong Won Park, Research Fellow, Science and Technology Institute, (STEPI), Korea

09:05 - 09:15 Welcome to Thailand

  • Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana , National Innovation Agency (tbc) - Futures in Thailand & Dr. Sorapop Kiatpongsan, Siam Innovation District & Chulalongkorn University (tbc)

09:15 - 09:30 Overview about the Conference Program and Introductions

  • Jost Wagner, The Change Initiative & APFN 2018 Conference Director

Session 1: Asia Imagined: Disruptions and Alternative Futures

09:30 - 09:50 Keynote 1: Asia 2038

  • Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair for Future Studies & Founder Metafuture

09:50 - 10:10 Keynote 2: Futures in Asia

  • Dr. Mei-Mei Song, Director at Center for Futures Intelligence and Research (CFAR), Tamkang University, Taiwan

10:20 - 10:30 Open Discussion

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 Sharing of future methods and interesting approaches (Concurrent Workshops)

Room 1: Workshop A1: Use a digital tool to discover disruptions: The Futures Platform in action, Dr. Tuomo Kuosa, Content Director, Futures Platform, Finland

Room 2: Workshop A2: Let’s not talk about time - the way we know, Dr. Anisah Abdullah, Senior Teaching Fellow at University of Strathclyde & Founder of Futures Sandbox

Room 3: Workshop A3: The Way You Make Me Feel. Adding Sensory Experiences to your Futures Workshop Dr. Joyce Giola, President/CEO, The Herman Group, USA

Room 4: Workshop A4: Insight into Organisational Adaptation Approaches to Artificial Intelligence Futures: Elissa Farrow, PhD Candidate, University of the Sunshine Coast Australia

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 A window into the future (Plenary)

  • Technology and Spirituality in Uncertain Times, Dr. Dada Shambushivananda, Vice Chancellor of Gurukul University, India
  • Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Urban Mobility, Dr. Cheryl Chung, Deputy Director (Strategic Planning), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • tbd. Dr. Michael McAllum, Chief Steward, Centre for the Future Academy & Futures Architect, Global Foresight Network, Australia/New Zealand
  • tbd

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 17:00 Open Space – Coming Together, Sharing Knowledge – Addressing the challenges of tomorrow today

This self organized session is known as “open space”. Open Space give attendees the opportunity to talk about anything they’d like. A person might suggest a topic they want to learn about, or one they feel like they can help others with. The topics range widely, from highly technical, to pure culture, to sharing a method.

Facilitator: Jost Wagner, The Change Intiative, Bangkok

17:00 Reflections on Day 1 and Outlook for Day 2

17:15 End of Day 1

19:00 Dinner Reception (tbc) - Venue (tbd)

Day 2

08:30 - 09:00 Corporate Foresight and its impact on companies future preparedness (Keynote Speech)

  • Dr. René Rohrbeck is Professor of Strategy at the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University

09:00 - 09:20 The impact of Future Studies - A global perspective

  • Dr. Riel Miller, Head of Foresight, UNESCO Paris

09:20 - 09:30 Future Studies - Regional and Country Examples

  • Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, Executive Director, National Innovation Agency, Thailand
  • Dr. Seong Won Park, Science and Technology Institute (STEPI), Korea (tbc)
  • Dr. Shermon Cruz, Center for Engaged Foresight, Philippines
  • Dr. Diana Cheong, Brunei Futures Initiative, Brunei (tbc)
  • Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder Foresight Lab, Pakistan (tbc)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 Stories from the Field

Moderator: Dr. Shunjie-Ji, Director of Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan

  • Teach for Bangladesh Futures of Education in the People's Republic of Bangladesh in the year 2041, Shakil Ahmed, Associate Director, Alumni Impact
  • Education Futures (working title): Prof. Dr. Tan Sri Dzul (tbc), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
  • tbd

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 Sharing of future methods and interesting approaches (Concurrent Workshops)

Workshop B1: Experiential futures at play: How to design and use games, simulations, and creative engagements: John Sweeney, COO & Chief Futurist at Etch and former Deputy Director at Center for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies assisted by Idris Azim, Event Photographer, Musical director and History student at King's College London who is currently a Design Futures Intern with Dr Sweeney.

Workshop B2: The future of foresight: Dr. Michael Jackson, Founder and Director of Shaping Tomorrow, UK

Workshop B3: Title to be confirmed: Dr. Mei Mei Song, Director at Center for Futures Intelligence and Research (CFAR), Tamkang University, Taiwan (tbc)

Workshop B4: Title to be confirmed: Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen, Director at School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University (in Thai language)

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:30 The way forward for Futures Thinking in Asia

Method: Fishbowl

Moderator: Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, UNESCO Chair for Future Studies

  • Dr. Kuo-Hua Chen, Director of Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan
  • Dr. Ozcan Saritas, Professor of Innovation and Strategy, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow (tbc)
  • Dr. Jeanne Hoffman, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan
  • tbd, South Africa (tbc)
  • tbd, National Innovation Agency, Thailand

16:30 - 17:00 Closing Remarks and Evaluation