A story about ten futurists, Futures Festival '19, and radical transformations
The 2019 Futures Festival is an opportunity for people across the globe to share projects, insights, experiences, and ideas. To gear up for the FF’19, our Chair, Prateeksha Singh, sent out a call for volunteers in May. A group of ten futurists came 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.
2019 Futures Festival is for projects that consider, provoke, and support radical transformations
The 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.
Concepts such as the new, next, and circular economies — and more — continue to evolve. They are driving global economic restructuring. Systems designed to be restorative and regenerative are challenging norms of continuous growth. Furthermore, radical futures are harnessing disruptive ideas. Radical futures restructure political and civic engagement, show us new ways to build community, reframe social and environmental problems, and challenge extremist and populist agendas.
How it works
People from around the world sign up to join and be a part of the conversation. In addition to the live sessions, the FF’19 video recordings will be publicly accessible and promoted through social media, and available for download. FF’19 sessions can be anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes and must include time for discussion.
This virtual conference is 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 for Radical Transformations, you will receive web links to the video conference on November 9th, 2019. Your registration also means that you can subscribe for updates and will receive notifications as the session video recordings are released. We release session recordings in batches based on the conference sub themes.
Cheryl May is a specialist in strategic foresight, governance and process design. She is a four-time executive director, entrepreneur, writer, and designer. Cheryl was the practice lead for social innovation at MaRS and has also worked with Tides Canada, Artscape, and Community Innovation Lab. She is currently working with the Centre for Social Innovation on the Impact Dashboard.
Cheryl led the development of 211, the Pan-Canadian human services information system, which currently serves 26 million Canadians. Consequently, she received the Ontario Federal Council Leadership through Collaboration Award, Showcase Ontario Diamond Award, and Head of the Public Service Award. In 2018 she was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, a Crown corporation. Her foresight work includes Futures of Canadian Identities with Canadian Heritage.
In 2017, she completed a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. Currently, she is initiating PhD research on for-benefit corporations.
Contact Cheryl May
Consulting website: https://www.cherylmayconsulting.com/
Project website: https://www.cherylmayproject.space/
Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer