|Length of program||From the 29th of June to the 7th of July 2018.|
|Timetable||Mornings and afternoons.|
|Coordination||Jordi Serra del Pino|
Futures Studies has been a highly dynamic field from its beginning. Originally labelled as Future Research, it has evolved and become Futures Studies in America, while in Europe it is known as Prospective. It has also appeared as Critical Futures, Foresight and more recently we have witnessed the arrival of the Theory of Anticipation, Experiential Futures, Postnormal Times Theory and the impact of technological approaches based on Big Data and/or AI. This is truly an interesting moment that signals a turning point for the discipline.
The first edition of the Blanquerna Futures Summer School (BFSS) seeks to provide a critical viewpoint of the state of the art in futures studies. Offering a wide perspective of the more interesting and promising developments on the field, by some of its original and main promoters, the course will deliver a wide perspective of Futures.
Given that in 2018 the Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona (PEMB) will commemorate its 30th anniversary, the BFSS will be included in the anniversary celebrations. More important, it will devote a significant part of its time to analyse the main challenges for cities in general and for Barcelona in particular.
The course will combine different formats (class, small seminar, workshop and polylogues) to offer students distinct learning experiences that match its theoretical and methodological diversity.
The BFSS will be held from the 29th of June to the 7th of July 2018 at the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations (Universitat Ramon Llull) in Barcelona.
Principal: To offer a critical assessment of the most relevant theoretical and methodological developments that are currently being developed in Futures Studies.
Secondary:To provide students with a set of competences (theoretical and methodological) that can be applied in diverse academic or professional fields, including:
To gain insight about the evolution of cities and urban related phenomena. And, within this goal, this edition will also seek to provide useful inputs (both as content and theory) for the PEMB project on future scenarios for Barcelona.
To explore new ways to present/expose/deliver/broadcast the future, but also to perceive/receive/grasp/understand/work with it.
The 2017 BFSS will have five different strands:
The main seminar is the core activity of the BFSS and will cover five mornings (2 to 6 of July) from 9:30 to 14:00. Its main purpose is to introduce and examine some of the most interesting approaches that are currently expanding the futures field. Each day there will be a particular focus:
In order to provide students with theoretical and methodological inputs, all lecturers will be required to include examples or case studies that could be examined in class.
Additionally, and since the BFSS’s focus is city and urban phenomena, lecturers will be asked to use examples or cases relevant to cities in general and, if possible, specifically for Barcelona.
The afternoons from the 2 - 6 July from 15:30 to 18:30 will be devoted to the present and discuss some of the main future challenges for cities. The sessions will be run as a polylogues.
As the main goal of any polylogue is to help participants to change or improve their perspective on the issue, there are no prepared papers or presentations. Instead, all participants are required to think and explore a specific, starting question.
Each polylogue follows a structured process:
Before the end of the sessions participants are required to focus on two main questions:
Thus, every polylogue ends with a set of recommendations that the PEMB could incorporate, disseminate, promote or use to deepen its work.
One of the main challenges for futurists and communicators in general is to convey the future; or, more precisely, how to do it without resorting almost exclusively on science fiction. It would seem that either you can choose between a rigorous, but boring, depiction of the future; or, on the other hand, a more fun or emotional description of tomorrow without analysing the implications of such an account. In order to explore different alternatives, the first weekend of the BFSS (29 - 30 June) the “Presenting Future” seminar will work on how to present, broadcast and disseminate futures. It will include journalists, artists, writers, designers and futurists that will present their experiences and what they have learned.
The BFSS may include connected events and acts that could be enjoyed by participants and general public both. They can include exhibitions, panel discussions, media forums, etc. These activities will be announced at a later date.
The BFSS will be organized by the Centre for Postnormal Policy & Futures Studies jointly with Blanquerna, with the support of the Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona.
The Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS) is an international research and consultancy network that promotes futures literacy with a particular focus on marginalized peoples and Muslim societies. CPPFS works with communities, charities, foundations, and research, educational, and art institutions to foster critical inquiry, action learning, and an ethical imagination for shaping decolonized, alternative, and preferred futures. CPPFS has pioneered the theory and methodology of Postnormal Times.
Blanquerna, as a plural university community, is inspired by the principles of Christian humanism. It has the mission to provide an integral education in order to allow individuals to become competent professionals, with a wide sense of ethics and compromised with social transformation. Thus, being able to create knowledge focused on justice and the common good.
The Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan (Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona - PEMB) is a private, not-for-profit association – promoted by Barcelona City Council and the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona – presided over by the president of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)
The PEMB is an instrument for identifying the needs and potential of the territory in the medium term, for foreseeing tendencies and threats and for making proposals to tackle the future in the best conditions.
Onno Seroo. Course director. Presently the director of the International Relations degree at Blaquerna - Ramon Llull Universitiy, has an extensive career as International Relations experts including several UNESCO related organizations.
Jordi Serra. Course coordinator. He is the Research director at the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies, he is also Associate Professor at Blaquerna - Ramon Llull Universitiy. Jordi is a World Future Studies Federation Fellow.
Anna Bonet. Journalist and Associate Professor at Barcelona University, She is currently Head of television shows and audio-visual projects at Undatia. She also presents in both television and radio shows.
Stuart Candy. Associate Professor, School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Stuart is also an artist and designer whose work has been shown in several museums and festivals. He has done consultancy work too for private and public organizations.
Enric Escorsa. CEO at IALE where he works in Competitive Intelligence and Technology Scouting projects as well as technology evaluation and IP management related projects. His teaching activity includes courses on Innovation and Data Management linked topics.
Maya van Leemput. Professional futurist, multi-media artist, and a senior researcher at the Erasmus Hogeschool, where she is setting up the new ‘Applied Futures Research — Open Time’ centre. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies.
Roberto Poli. Professor on social foresight and philosophy of science at Trento University. He has been awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems. He is also editor-in-chief of Axiomathes, editor of the series Categories, and Anticipation Science
Elisabet Roselló. Researcher on strategic trends and consultant on (post)digital transformation through new co-creative, open innovation logics, cultural-social trends and transformations. Elisabet has worked in a variety of businesses, public services and cultural Institutions.
Ziauddin Sardar. Director at the Centre for Postnormal Policy & Future Studies. Zia has led an intense activity as writer, broadcaster and cultural critic: he has published over 50 books, worked as science journalist, as a television reporter, as a columnist as a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and as a member of the Interim National Security Forum. He is currently editing Critical Muslim.
Wendy Schultz. Founder and director of Infinite Futures. Wendy has an extensive experience in foresight research, planning, and facilitation for a wide variety of private and public institutions. She has taught in many universities including her time as visiting faculty with the MS program in Studies of the Future, University of Houston - Clear Lake.
Chris Jones. Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, a Fellow and former Secretary-General of the World Futures Studies Federation (2001-2005), he also taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake futures program.
As the BFSS has different strands students can choose to enroll in specific strands or for the whole school with a combined fee:
The Futures of the Future (Main Seminar): 500 Euros
Urban Challenges in Postnormal Times (All polylogues): 200 Euros
Presenting Futures: 150 Euros
All strands: 600 Euros