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Introduction to the Discipline of Anticipation



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Three-day overview course on anticipatory systems and processes

Convened by

The Dubai Future Foundation – UNESCO Futures Literacy Hub


Delivered by

Dr Riel Miller
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Recent developments in the field of Futures Studies are advancing an anticipatory systems and processes theory (ASP) of why and how humans use the future. Exploration of the diversity of human ASP provides evidence of the benefits of cultivating futures literacy. By gaining the capacity to distinguish different categories of imagined futures people and organisations become more aware of the origins of the fears and hopes that have such a powerful impact on both perception and choice.

This three-day intensive course combines conventional lectures with innovative learning-by-doing ‘laboratory’ experiences. Participants will have an opportunity to identify and learn a range of anticipatory systems and process. This introduction to the theory and practice of futures literacy will allow participants to:

  1. Learn about a range of anticipatory systems and processes to implement strategic priorities.
  2. Explore different ways to advance individual and organization-wide capabilities needed to use the future efficiently and effectively.
  3. Gain a practical experience with a set of field-tested design principles for cultivating and applying futures literacy to different agendas.



Day 1 (Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm)

Overview of Futures Literacy and the Discipline of Anticipation

Futures Literacy Lab Co-design


Day 2 (Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm)

Futures Literacy Laboratory


Day 3 (Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm)

Review of FLL Design Principles
Case studies and application proposals


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