Netherlands, Utrecht

Futuring for Sustainability

when 8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 750

What we do in the present is profoundly influenced by our expectations of our futures. Join us for an interactive course to understand how techniques of futuring contribute to realizing societal transformations towards sustainability: living well equitably within ecological means. Learn how to imagine positive futures and mobilize to achieve them in a democratic and participatory fashion. Understand futuring techniques including scenario planning, modeling, backcasting, experiential futuring, arts-based approaches, science fiction, and design. Try out these techniques by experimenting in a real-world setting in workstudio sessions. This course builds your capacity to develop new imaginaries and alternative sustainability pathways.

What we do in the present is profoundly influenced by our expectations of our futures. This interactive course helps to understand how a set of techniques of futuring contribute to realizing societal transformations towards sustainability: living well equitably within ecological means. Understand a range of futuring techniques including scenario planning, modeling, backcasting, experiential futuring, arts-based approaches, science fiction, and design. Try out these techniques by experimenting in a real-world setting in workstudio sessions. This course builds your capacity to develop new imaginaries and alternative pathways to advance sustainability.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Maarten Hajer

Target group

Designed for graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds, particularly advanced Masters and Doctoral students. We also consider Masters students, Postdoctoral students, and select practitioners who are interested in futuring and sustainability.

Course aim

The course aims to provide participants with an overview of techniques of futuring as tools and processes for catalyzing the transformation to sustainability through increased democratic participation and expanded imagination. Participants are equipped with the knowledge to understand and apply these techniques for further independent study and for addressing societal challenges.

Fee info

EUR 750: Course fee
EUR 200: Housing fee

Scholarships

Some scholarships may be available. Please indicate your interest in being considered for a scholarship in your motivation letter.

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