Futures of a Complex World

Futures conferences are an international forum for current and important issues. The next conference will be focusing on ‘the futures of a complex world’. It will be organised on 12–13 June 2017 in Turku, Finland.

To understand the pressing challenges of our time, we need systems thinking to grasp the evolving complexity of our world. At its core is seeing the inter-relationships rather than linear cause-and-effect chains, and seeing processes of change rather than  snapshots.

Futures studies is ultimately connected to a systems approach. Since systems thinking is a way of interpreting the universe as a series of interconnected and inter-related wholes, it offers us the tools to manage the complexity we observe around us. Thus, to grasp the future predicaments of our time requires systematic futures thinking.

What are the main challenges in an era of an uncertain world? How to create sustainable futures based on empathy? What is the role of futures research in identifying opportunities for action that are fair and resilient while remaining agile in a global and complex world?


Call for Papers is Available

Share your findings, ideas, results and thoughts! We invite authors to present their work and submit abstracts for papers, posters and performances on following (but not limited to) these themes:

Complexity and systems thinking Ι Resilient futures Ι Futures of education, learning and work Ι Futures of consumption and the economy Ι Futures of democracy, society and values Ι Technology foresight, an era of transformation, human and technology interaction Ι Challenges and opportunities for global governance Ι Methods and methodology of futures research Ι

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Important dates

Deadline for the abstracts: 2 December 2016

Notification of acceptance: 16 December 2016

Registration opens: January 2017

Early bird registration ends: 31 March 2017

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

keynotesProfessor John L. Casti has extensive research experience in the areas of complexity, system theory and mathematical modeling.

Cornelia Daheim is a foresight expert and consultant. Her topic focus has been on the future of work, societal change, and the future of energy and mobility.

Professor René Rohrbeck has researched into the foundations of organizational future preparedness, conducting over 20 deep case studies and running large benchmarking studies.

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Finland Futures Research Centre

This is the 18th International Futures Conference of the Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. At the same time the FFRC is celebrating its 25th year of quality academic research.

The 2017 conference is organised in co-operation with the Finland Futures Academy, the National Foresight Network, Finland and Foresight Europe Network, FEN.
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