Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 8:30am to Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 5:30pm
Where: 
Philippines, Laoag City
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Linda Tinio, l.tinio@unesco.org

On 8 November 2013, the Philippines was hit by typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, and particularly the Philippines. This forum-workshop, organized from 21 to 24 May 2014 in Laoag City in the Philippines, aims to discuss, assess and explore the futures of Philippine cities in a post-Haiyan scenario using anticipatory thinking and strategic foresight methods.

As Philippine cities continue to struggle to fund existing crisis management systems and level up in their adaptive capacities, cities have to find alternative ways of preparing and responding to mega disasters. Individuals, decision-makers and institutions might need to re-perceive or re-frame their narratives and ways of knowing the city (trade and commerce, industrialization, etc.) and the futures of cities. The metaphor that says “the bamboo that bends is better than the oak that resists” could be a guiding metaphor to generate new and long-term alternatives in transforming the futures of Philippine cities.

The forum-workshop aims to build the capacities of participants to use the future more effectively for decision making to transform Philippine cities in a climate change driven era.

The focus of this forum-workshop is on enhancing participants’ capacity both to make sense of existing and emergent systems, of all kinds, that create social and economic value as well as to begin to identify the potential for the novel approaches that are necessary to achieve a transition to sustainable societies. It offers participants a learning-by-doing experience in “using the future differently.”

The objective of this forum-workshop is neither to predict the future nor offer to find solutions, but to enhance the participants’ decision, strategy, and policy making capacities by enlarging their understanding of the anticipatory systems, including those that turn uncertainty into a resource, a way to grasp the otherwise invisible novelty generated by the profusion of experiments and creativity in the world around us.

The key facilitator of the workshop is Mr Sohail Inayatullah, one of the world’s most influential futurists. Prior to the workshop, he will also be delivering a UNESCO Future Lecture entitled “What is Futures Thinking and Strategy Development?”.

The event will be live webcasted from 21 to 23 May - Starting on 21 May at 9.30 am GMT +8.