Transforming the Future seminar # 8 - Futurists on the Covid-19 Pandemic Shock: “Designing a Covid-19 resilience strategy"

When :

from Friday 29 May, 2020
to Friday 29 May, 2020

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Contact :

Riel Miller,; Eleonora Di Pilato,

UNESCO, as a pioneering force in the global development of Future Literacy since 2012, is hosting a seminar with Raphaële Bidault-Waddington, creator of the LIID Future Lab, a multi-disciplinary futures research platform on contemporary world transformation. The event will take place as a UNESCO webinar on Zoom on 29 May 2020.
Launched in 2018, the UNESCO Transforming the Future Seminar series provide an opportunity to explore topics that arise from the intersection of theory and practice of using-the-future. The current Covid-19 pandemic shock has provoked a wave of interest in the nature and role of uncertainty in why and how people think about the future. Which is why the next dozen or so Seminars will focus on: “Anticipation and Uncertainty: Shocks, Novelty and Learning.” This particular crisis, like many others, also highlights the structural aspects of current systems, such as the vulnerability of globalization in its current form and the morally unacceptable functioning of deeply unequal power relationships expressed through specific gender and income disparities. What this means is that this crisis is an opportunity to highlight specific aspects of the current world. And this is why the next dozen or so Transforming the Future Seminars will drill further into the current context by taking a gendered perspective on anticipation and uncertainty, looking at how shocks, novelty and learning can be better understood by considering the relationships connecting anticipatory systems and structural differences in the way power is created and allocated in today’s dominant systems.

The proposed lecture on “Designing a Covid-19 resilience strategy and other future experiments” will focus on the theme of economic and societal resilience strategy that LIID Future Lab has designed.

Raphaële Bidault-Waddington is an artist, author and futurologist. In 2000 she started the post-conceptual art lab LIID (LIID Future Lab since 2016), which creates and develops future labs, lasting from one day to several years, and taking more or less collaborative forms. This work encompasses a wide range of methodologies and formats including installations, conferences, workshops, future trends reports, future strategies, fictional future scenarios and speculative prototypes. Since 2008, LIID runs the Paris Galaxies lab exploring the future of the Greater Paris region, focusing on the soft-power of creative ecosystems, involving a long list of academic and collaborative experiments, that resulted in a design fiction book "Paris Ars Universalis" (Avant-Garde collection, L'Harmattan, 2017). Since 2006, she has been a member of the New Club of Paris, an international network of immaterial economy and innovation policy experts (following an experience in financial markets in the 90's and a MSc in Intangible Capital Management), and since 2015 has been a member of the Prospective Lab (Futuribles International).

As a contribution to UNESCO's "Transforming the Future" seminar and to efforts to respond to the current Covid-19 crisis, this seminar will review a series of experiments in imagining the future for different reasons, using different methods, in different contexts (Miller, 2018). The initial focus will be on an economic and societal resilience strategy that the LIID Future Lab recently designed and is currently advocating in collaboration with a growing pool of peers. This future scenario is meant to inspire governments to limit the Covid-19 induced collapse and shift the socio-economic systems toward a green trajectory. It is informed by twenty years of futures and eco-systemic researches at the crossroads of artistic, economic, urban, academic, design and digital humanities thinking. The Seminar will also cover future labs that the LIID has initiated since 2000 at pivotal moments in the emergence of the digital era, cultural globalization and the knowledge and creative economies. These projects explored potential futures in very diverse contexts, countries and time horizons, often prototyping and experimenting with creative methodologies and formats. These ‘uses-of-the-future’ projects display a diverse set of existing and emerging design-oriented foresight methods, including weak signals and emerging trends analysis, strategic scenario design, future-scaping, collective intelligence staging, speculative project design, speculative design, future fiction and design fiction experiments. The most recent lab activity was entitled: "Toward Alien Cosmologies" and addressed the rise of the Anthropocene and AI in the Post-Truth era.

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