Action Research & Knowledge Transfer Project
Futures of Canadian Identities is an action research project conducted by the Resilience Design Lab at OCAD University for Canadian Heritage in 2016/2017. The project had an explicit focus on building capacity for engaging with complex issues and a strong knowledge transfer orientation. A strategic foresight investigation of the futures of Canadian identities was used as an experiential learning platform for various elements of the complexity toolkit.
Focus of Futures of Canadian Identities
Dr Nabil Harfoush briefly discusses the transfer of knowledge and capacity building activities undertaken within this project. He will also describe the direct and indirect outcomes of the project to illustrate the advantages of the approach adopted by the project team.
Related: OCADU Research and Innovation, Futures of Canadian Identities.
Presenter Nabil Harfoush
Dr Nabil Harfoush: Futures of Canadian Identities
Dr Harfoush is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on working in highly-diverse multi-disciplinary teams and on engaging with complex open-ended problems. He has taught graduate courses in Business Design, Business Model Innovation, and Strategic Foresight, at Jefferson University (Philadelphia) and OCAD University (Toronto). He is a co-founder of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group
Nabil has over 42 years of experience as an engineer, technology strategist, entrepreneur, and executive. He is a serial entrepreneur, founder or co-founder of several companies. As a consultant, he has worked with enterprises, national governments, and international organization including the World Bank, W.H.O., UNESCO, and the International Development Research Center.
Prior to his academic career, he served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of HelpCaster Technologies, MedcomSoft, and Nightingale Informatix. He has been invited to speak at École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris, France), the Harvard Kennedy School, Politecnico de Milano (Italy) and the Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS).