– Long-term Governance, Democracy and Futures Research
There is an urgent need for long-term futures thinking in order to sustain possibilities for alternative and creative solutions to complex crises and empower futures. For the next Futures Conference, we will gather in Turku to discuss about the futures of democracy, trust, power and sustainability, which are tightly connected to these crises.
Visions make it possible to create a future that is different from the present although its seeds are in the present.
— Eleonora Barbieri Masini, 2006
The forthcoming event will focus on questions such as:
How can the scientific community contribute to empowering futures? What and whose futures are being empowered, and by whom?
What impacts climate change, security threats and wars could have on democracy?
How can futures research help enable and empower just transitions, and how may just transitions impact our futures?
What are the scientific contributions in identifying risks and opportunities and in building sustainable futures?
How can current and potential social gaps be fulfilled?
How to study complex futures?
What kinds of new theoretical and methodological contributions futures research can establish?