Summer School 2016

The Summer School 2016 took place in May–June:

Intensive learning days are organized as an International Symposium on

Clean Disruption for Abundant Futures

Tuesday 7.6.2016 at 9.15–16.30
Wednesday 8.6.2016 at 9.00–16.30

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma,
Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland 

Organization in charge

Finland Futures Academy (FFA)

Language English

Objectives and description

The aim of the course is to familiarise students with Futures Clinique, which is an innovation-orientated futures studies workshop method for applying various foresight methods and tools. It has been developed at the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC). This International Symposium provides the Intensive Learning Days for the Summer School, in the form of the Futures Clinique, focusing on the topics of energy, digitalisation, clean disruption, and futures of communities.

The objective of the Futures Clinique is to address possible futures and related societal transition towards the convergence of energy and internet, an idea coined as EnerNet. A fascinating combination of new energy modes, social re-construction and digitalization are explored. Furthermore, the concept of abundant futures defines the stance towards the futures where ample emission-free resources would be available in such a system. This, in turn, affects social relations and communities of the futures.

Learning outcomes: Students learn how to anticipate possible futures co-creatively in a Futures Clinique. They learn to use different workshop foresight methods such as the Futures Window, Futures Wheel, Futures Table and Black Swans. Content-wise students learn about possible futures of renewable energy and different communities.


We tend to think that scarce resources imply a reduced amount of possible futures. Meanwhile, the situation is vice versa: there are a lot of future possibilities based on scarce resources without depletion. These futures are embedded in the interconnection of renewable energy sources and social re-construction boosted by imaginative ways of utilising the Internet. The course consists of expert lectures and interactive group work exercises, working towards concrete innovations. Students are active core participants in this International Symposium of “Clean Disruption for Abundant Futures”. Transformative Scenarios of a Tekes-funded project “Neo-Carbon Energy” will be used as background material, along with the scenarios from the Millennium Project Future of Work/Technology 2050 study.

The Futures Clinique will be conducted by Prof. Sirkka Heinonen (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku). Key lecturers and commentators of this Futures Clinique are Dr. José Cordeiro (IDE – JETRO, Singularity University), Professor Christian Breyer (Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT), and Prof. Markku Wilenius (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku).

Time for teaching: May–June, 2016

Modes of study

The course consists of 1) pre-assignments, 2) intensive learning days (7–8 June 2016), and 3) essay as an individual assignment after the course. Before the intensive day students will be divided into break-out groups. Part of the pre-assignments (task 2) are prepared in groups. The groups may work via platform of their choice. 

Task 1: (Individual) Please read course materials indicated. The material is sent to you in mid May. You can also go through the list of further reading.
Task 2: (Group assignment) In the group you are assigned to, prepare 1–3 questions to José Cordeiro on the topics of clean disruption, EnerNet and Energularity.
Required reading and materials:
  1. Heinonen, S. & Ruotsalainen, J. (2013). Futures Clinique − method for promoting futures learning and provoking radical futures. European Journal of Futures Research (2013) 15:7. 
  2. Cordeiro, José Luis: The “Energularity”: 
  3. Neo-Carbon Energy 2050 Scenarios. Working paper 1/2016 (will be sent to the participants before the course)
  4. The Future of Work/Technology 2050 Scenarios by the Millennium Project. (will be sent to the participants before the course)
Further reading (optional):
  1. José Luis Cordeiro’s bio: 
  2. Singularity University: 
  3. Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: book review by José Cordeiro:
  4. Heinonen, Sirkka & Balcom Raleigh, Nicolas (2015). Continuous Transformation and Neo-Carbon Energy Scenarios. FFRC eBook 10/2015: 
  5. Heinonen, Sirkka, Balcom Raleigh, Nicolas, Karjalainen, Joni, Minkkinen, Matti, Parkkinen, Marjukka & Ruotsalainen, Juho (2015). CLA Game Report – Causal Layered Analysis Game on Neo-Carbon Energy Scenarios. FFRC eBook 12/2015:
  6. Heinonen, Sirkka, Karjalainen, Joni & Ruotsalainen, Juho (2015). Towards the Third Industrial Revolution – Neo-Carbon Energy Futures Clinique I. FFRC eBook 6/2015:

Further information on teaching methods

Lectures and workshops (2 * 8h) combined with individual and break-out group learning.

Main lecturers:

Prof. Sirkka Heinonen FFRC, University of Turku
Dr José Cordeiro, Energy Advisor, Singularity University
Prof. Christian Breyer, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Prof. Markku Wilenius, FFRC, University of Turku

Modes of performance

1. A pre-assignment, see more in “Modes of study”
2. Participation in the Intensive Learning Days 7-8 June in Helsinki
3. An essay with 5cr (masters) or 6cr (postgraduates)


Accepted / not accepted (masters) and 1–5 (post-graduates).
Active participation with a pre-assignment is required.


Registration latest on 13 May 2016. There are limited seats available, please do register as soon as possible!
There is a study fee of 30 euros due within the on-line registration process.

Further information

The course is offered as a part of post-graduate courses by the Finland Futures Academy (FFA), a network of 10 Finnish universities, see: Finland Futures Research Research, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, see: