Diverse Futures: A virtual conference that’s open to everyone

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12 hours of interactive sessions, 0700 to 1900 GMT-4 (EDT)

Diverse Futures?

Diverse Futures is for you. You are a futurist, foresighter, strategist, changemaker, academic, activist, community builder, corporate leader, policymaker, human resources professional, mindful citizen, human, or AI that is seeking human understanding.


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#futures #diversity #inclusion #pluralism #multiculturalism #immigration, #settlement #social justice #equity.

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A virtual gathering

Register now so you have Saturday, October 27 red-circled in your calendar. Registration is free due to the fact that this is a volunteer-led event hosted by the Association of Professional Futurists.

Above all, many thanks to our awesome futurist colleagues who are challenging the narratives!

Our Story

We are the Diverse Futures team.

Our team came together because we share an interest in the ways that diversity is incrementally transforming communities, structures, and systems. We were compelled to organize an exploration of Diverse Futures, so, to this end, we centred our program on the concept of inclusion and plurality. Above all, our goal is to understand how people from all walks of life and parts of the world are approaching the future.

Join us on October 27, 2018, for a day dedicated to Diverse Futures. Be part of our exploration of the future as a collective imagining.

First, check out the remarkable line-up of sessions. The futurists who are presenting Diverse Futures are working on projects that are extending and democratizing the diversity narratives we see and hear, rather than simply responding to them.

Then be sure to register for Diverse Futures. We need to get a sense of numbers so we know how to best organize the sessions. 

Finally, on Saturday, October 27, join in via live-stream conferencing. Futures Festival is open to everyone, so registration is absolutely free. All sessions are held online via Zoom.us* – and we are happy to say, as a result, there is no cost to access the conferencing application.

We want to hear from you.

We have opened up comments on the Team page and hope that you will post pre-event comments. You can also connect directly with FF’18 Chair, Prateeksha Singh, by email info@futuresfestival.online.

*If you don’t have a stable or accessible internet connection that allows you to participate in an online conference, please email us when you can, and we will be sure to send you the session links to access when you do.

The future as a collective imagining

Futures Festival is an annual virtual gathering hosted by the Association of Professional Futurists. This year, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the hosting locale for Futures Festival ‘18, therefore all times are shown based on GMT-4 (EDT), and sessions take place between 0700 and 1900 (EDT). Check out timeanddate.com for your time zone.

About Diverse Futures

FF ’18 Diverse Futures presenters are sure to put forward new ways of looking at diversity, inclusion, and pluralism. Moreover, they are also likely to highlight critical ethical considerations and challenge constrictive and outdated narratives.

Sessions are 45 to 75 minutes in length and include at least 15 minutes for an interactive Q&A. Therefore, you can expect dynamic and challenging conversations! Fasten your seatbelt and log into the future.

The technical stuff

Sign up

Register to receive the meeting ID.

You will be sent updates and the day’s agenda as a PDF document, while session descriptions and presenter profiles are posted on this website.

During the session, the moderator will be able to see your name and will open up the mic if you “raise your hand.”

Zoom in

The enterprise platform used for Futures Festival ’18 is Zoom https://www.zoom.us/

TIP: Download Zoom before the event if you don’t have it already. There are several extensions available so you can choose the application that is right for you. https://zoom.us/download.

Join in

Participate via chat or audio (you will find the audio muted on entry).

By computer – Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android.

By phone – International numbers available.

By phone – Canada – +1-647-558-0588 and +1-647-558-0588 (iPhone one-tap)