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Kesäkoulu 2017 – Summer School 2017

Summer School “Futures of a Complex World”

12–15 June 2017 in Turku, Finland.

A human-centered city future is widely considered to be desirable, yet many city modeling approaches consider everything except for the roles of city inhabitants. In this two-day session, students will explore what it means to take a human-centered perspective in theorizing, modeling, and applying foresight approaches to a city as a complex system. By learning how to conceptualize the complex “system of systems” in a city as a “network of networks of actors” new approaches to real-world city vision making become possible. The session will include a game-based futuring participatory workshop taking the city of Turku as its case.

 

The Summer School consists of two parts:


14–15 June: "Futures Literacy Lab Turku: Complex City Futures"

14 June Wednesday: 10.00* to 18.00
15 June Thursday: 9.00* to 16.00

*Start times are real, not academic times.
 
Description
Complex futures of the city of Turku will be explored through an interactive game-based Futures Literacy Lab (FLL) led by Riel Miller, head of Anticipation and Foresight at UNESCO. FLL is a participatory approach developed as part of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformation program. It includes three phases:
 
1) Tacit to Explicit - making assumptions about the future explicit.
2) Reframing/Aha Moments
3) Nuances/New Questions
 
To move through these phases, students will play a new experimental futuring game called Metaphor Molecule. Gameplay will be accentuated by presentations by futures literacy, foresight, complexity and urban planning experts.
 
Presenters and Key Concepts
Riel Miller – Futures Literacy
Rene Rohrbeck - Maturity Model of Future Orientation
Jussi Westergren – Complexity as Networks
Markku Wilenius – Why Cities Need Foresight
Sari Puustinen – Safety and Complexity in City Systems

 

Course requirements

Master's students: The course requirements for 5 ECTS are:

  • Preliminary readings (a collection of articles delivered to all enrolled), exercises and preparation for lecture work shop
  • Participation in the Conference
  • Active participation in Summer School (lectures and exercises)
  • Reflective learning diary (10–15 pages)

Doctoral students: The course requirements for 6 ECTS are:

  • Preliminary readings (a collection of articles delivered to all enrolled), exercises and preparation for lecture work shop
  • Participation in the Conference
  • Active participation in Summer School (lectures and exercises)
  • Academic essay of futures research method or approach combined with the conference subject

Preliminary studies in futures studies is required.

 

Further information:

hanna-kaisa.aalto(a)utu.fi

 

 

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Vuoden 2017 kesäkoulu ja tulevaisuuskonferenssi
"Futures of a Complex World"
järjestetään viikolla 24 Turussa. 

 

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