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?