Futures Festival

WORLDWIDE FUTURES CONFERENCE

Hosted by the Association of Professional Futurists

Fortune cookie: A plan you've been working on is beginning to take shape

2019 CALL FOR PRESENTERS OPENS JULY 31

2019-10-26

The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) is a growing community of futurists dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and futures studies. APF hosts online discussions such as the Futures Festival, an annual 12-hour virtual gathering, and offers professional development programs and recognition for excellence in futures. The annual APF Futures Festival is an opportunity for people across the globe to share projects, insights, experiences, and ideas. Futures Festival '19 brings together projects that consider, provoke, and support radical transformations.

BE SEEN

RADICAL TRANSFORMATIONS

The FF '19 agenda is designed to surface the relationship between political heritage and civic engagement, the social and political implications of concepts related to the circular economy, and the role of futures as a way for people to address complex problems and systemic issues that cannot be transformed unilaterally or directly.

Giant moth eyespot mimicry over person's eye depicts radical transformations
Orange loudspeaker calls for radical transformations

BE HEARD

CALL FOR PRESENTERS

People from around the world sign up for the Futures Festival so you will connect with an audience like no other. FF'19 is also a platform that's affiliated with the Association of Professional Futurists. In addition to your live session, your FF'19 video recording will be publicly accessible and promoted through social media.

BE THERE

FREE FOR EVERYONE

When you register with the Futures Festival, you will receive weblinks to the video conference on October 26, 2019. Your registration also means that you can subscribe for updates and will receive notifications as the session video recordings are released. Session recordings are released in batches based on the conference subthemes.

NASA image shows radical transformations of space
Distorted image of public transit shows potential for radical transformations

2019-10-26

radical transformations call for presenters

2019 OPEN CALL

FREE FOR EVERYONE

A story about ten futurists, Futures Festival '19, and radical transformations

The annual APF Futures Festival is an opportunity for people across the globe to share projects, insights, experiences, and ideas. To gear up for the 2019 Futures Festival, a call for volunteers went out in May and a group of ten futurists have come together to produce Futures Festival ’19. We are a diverse group – we work at different places, have different backgrounds, and are based in Canada, Germany, India, Portugal, the UK, and the US. Nonetheless, through dialogue and informal signals-gathering we quickly landed on this year’s theme, Radical Transformations.

Why radical transformations is a topic we think you should care about

Ideas such as the new economy and the circular economy continue to evolve and challenge notions of continuous growth with systems designed to be restorative and regenerative. Furthermore, radical futures are harnessing disruptive ideas to restructure political and civic engagement, social and environmental problems, and reframe extremist and populist agendas. Our concept of radical transformations is about reframing, redesigning, reengineering, and rethinking. Informed by innovative approaches such as Adam Kahane’s transformative scenario planning, radical transformations push beyond the actions of anticipation and adaptation connected to possible futures and encourage us to create and influence our preferred futures.

We think you should be heard


FF’19 is dedicated to projects that consider, provoke, and support radical transformations. If “a plan you have been working on” is ready for an audience, FF’19 is your platform (call for presenters opens July 31). People from around the world sign up for the Futures Festival so you will connect with an audience like no other. In addition to your live session, your FF’19 video recording will be publicly accessible, promoted through social media, and available for you to download for your use. FF’19 is a platform for your project that’s affiliated with the Association of Professional Futurists. FF’19 sessions can be anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes and must include time for discussion. In addition to the central theme of radical transformations, projects will be linked to the SDGs.

We want you to be there

FF’19 is a virtual conference free for everyone and accessible via the internet (we use Zoom.us). Last year the program consisted of 20 sessions delivered by 24 speakers from 13 countries. We started at 0700 UTC-4 in South Africa and finished the day at 1900 UTC-4 in Hawai’i. All of the Diverse Futures sessions were recorded and are available on Vimeo.

When you register with the Futures Festival (registration opens July 31), you will receive weblinks to the video conference on October 26, 2019. Your registration also means that you can subscribe for updates and will receive notifications as the session video recordings are released. Session recordings are released in batches based on the conference subthemes.

The festival is organized entirely by APF volunteers so that there is no cost for registration. If you can afford it, we ask for a contribution to cover expenses such as the Zoom and Vimeo accounts and storage, video production, and digital communications.

powered by volunteer futurists and hosted by

Association of Professional Futurists

Special thanks to the photographers on Unsplash for helping us convey radical transformations.
See the FF’19 photo collection