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Session: Growing a Futures Literate City

Type: Panel

In 2020 ten diverse people gathered online to learn about futures thinking and strategic foresight, led and sponsored by Dr Cheryl Doig, Think Beyond. Using the Metafuture platform created by Sohail Inayatullah the team shared ideas, experienced futures in action and deepened their understanding. Four months later, the Ōtautahi Futures Collective was formed. Since then another cohort of 10 gathered f2f to grow the futures community of practice and city momentum is growing. During this presentation you will:

  • hear the journey undertaken and lessons learned as we move from me to we
  • grow an understanding of our metaphor, its indigenous roots and how diversity is valued and grown
  • contribute to our next steps as a collective so we can continue to grow together


Dr. Cheryl Doig (she/her)

Leadership Futurist

Dr Cheryl Doig is a leadership futurist, weaver and connector living in Christchurch, New Zealand - a city that has experienced earthquakes, fires, a terrorist attack and floods. She is director of Think Beyond, convenor of the Ōtautahi Futures Collective and is a member of the APF. Cheryl is a founding trustee of Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch, focused on growing a local learning ecosystem with a focus on equity, access and innovation. In 2017 Cheryl was a finalist in the NZ Westpac Women of Influence Awards, in the Innovation and Science category.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylDoig

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thinkbeyondnz/

LinkedIn: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/cheryldoig

Ben Reed (he/him)

Managing Director - HamiltonJet

Bern is an accomplished leader with 28 years in manufacturing and technology businesses. He has extensive experience developing diesel engines, mobile machinery, marine propulsion systems, electronic control and software products. Now Managing Director at Hamilton Jet, an iconic kiwi company with a globally respected brand in marine waterjet propulsion technology. Ben is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE and a company director for a local recycling business called Eco Central.

Tom Beaumont (he/him)

Managing Director - HamiltonJet

Tom is a Christchurch, NZ based thinker with extensive experience delivering real world solutions in the quarrying and construction sector. He has run startups, lectures risk and innovation at Masters level at the University of Canterbury, and spends as much time as possible climbing big mountains to ski back down them.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-beaumont-nz