Constructing a sustainable future requires us, as individual and societies, to have a holistic relation to the future. Development of futures thinking and futures learning  increase the capacity of an individual to face a different futures and affect the shaping of the future. 

A critical examination of individual values, assumptions and conceptions of the future as well as a community mindset and social responsibility are central to futures conscious culture and learning.

In our research, education, and development projects at FFRC we focus on futures consciousness, futures literacy, as well as futures learning and guidance. We also produce reports, facilitate futures oriented processes related to the future skills, competences and development needs within education and work life. As methods we use e.g. images of the future, scenarios, workshops, questionnaires and interviews, as well as futures guidance tools. Participatory methods and processes are central to our development work.

Ongoing Research and Development Projects:

Climate University

Climate University (or more fully, Multidisciplinary digital learning in sustainability challenges – flexible study paths to the working life) is a collaboration project bringing together eleven Finnish universities to share education and scientific expertise. It explores possibilities for digitalization and open education to address urgent Climate Change and sustainability challenges.  

This project encompasses the development of courses on important aspects of Climate Change and sustainability at various levels, workshops for university teachers, and efforts to build a network for collaboration between schools and with working professionals. Funding for the project comes from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and the participating educational institutions. 

Finland Futures Research Centre, alongside other collaborators from University of Turku, is participating in the development of two courses that will be offered through Climate University beginning in the later part of 2020:

Further information on Climate University: Anna Kirveennummi, Morgan Shaw & Sari Puustinen

https://blogs.helsinki.fi/climateuniversity/

See also: Puustinen, Sari & Kirveennummi, Anna (2019) Innovations in education for sustainable future” in Turku 7.5.2019.

Competence journey - developing career guidance competencies

The focus of this project is building up the career guidance and counselling competencies of guidance personnel in multivocational public guidance services and educational institutions.

The aim is to increase co-operation in the long-term guidance processes especially in transition phases both into and within the educational system from 1st to 3rd tier education and work life in order to guarantee high-quality guidance to everyone in need regardless of age or educational background.The development work will be carried out in cooperation with different actors (VET, public guidance services, project personnel, end users). 

The project partners:

  • Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku (co-ordinator)
  • Häme University of Applied Sciences
  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences
  • Foundation for studies and education research (OTUS)
  • Raahe Vocational Institute
  • Sedu Education
  • Vocational College Lappia

Further information: Johanna Ollila & Sari Miettinen

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Futures Consciousness

Futurists talk about future consciousness, but what is it, actually? How does a future conscious person or organization look like, what kinds of features or traits do they have?

> Read more about the project.

Further information: Sanna Ahvenharju & Matti Minkkinen

Paths to the Future (OSATA)

Vocational education and training (VET) in Finland is undergoing a change towards personalised studies and degrees. This means also identifying and acknowledging of previously acquired skills. The importance of skills is growing in work life and both students and staff in vocational education institutions need tools in organizing studies to support the development of valid personal skill sets.

OSATA project produces understanding of the development of skill-related identities needed in the changing work life. The results will be used to build future-oriented tools and pedagogical models to support the students in becoming future professionals.

http://osata.fi/ 

Further information: Sari Miettinen, Johanna Ollila, Anne Nieminen & Anne Arvonen

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Promoting Gender and Culture Sensitive Career Guidance (POTENTIAL)

The project focuses particularly on producing easily approached and practical educational materials for gender and culture sensitive career guidance. The aim is to raise awareness, and to transform the awareness about the gender and culture bias in career guidance into good practices to counteract it. The results of our development work will be disseminated in educational institutions and in guidance services nationally.

In this project, segregation is approached via an intersectional approach, taking into account the people’s multiple social differences and how they jointly constitute social positions. Educational and vocational choices differ even based on age, ethnic background and social class. In order to combat segregation, there is a need for a holistic gender and culture sensitive approach to career guidance. Our perception of gender is diverse, taking into account gender minorities.

The project will be carried our during 2019–2021 and is partly funded by European Social Fund via Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Potential is created by

  • Finland Futures Research Centre/University of Turku (coordinator)
  • Häme University of Applied Sciences
  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences
  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences
  • Finnish Youth Research Society
  • Foundation for studies and education research (OTUS)

Further information: Sari Miettinen, Johanna Ollila, Anne Nieminen & Anne Arvonen

https://www.potentiaalihanke.fi/

https://www.facebook.com/Potentiaalihanke/

https://twitter.com/PotentiaaliH

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UNESCO Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education

UNESCO Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education project is part of the global Futures Literacy network coordinated by UNESCO. The project develops futures education contents and methods for informal and formal education that can be utilized worldwide.

Unesco Chair: Learning Society & Futures of Education

Further information: Markku Wilenius & Laura Pouru

'Futures Skills in a Volatile World' webinar 11.6.2020