Geneva, Switzerland

Foresignt and Digital Technologies

blended course
when 28 June 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee CHF 890

Come to Geneva and design the future of global governance!

This Summer School invites you to test innovative approaches and envision the future of global governance through the prism of digital technologies.

Foresight is based on the assumption that the future is still in the making, and that we can contribute to its creation. An increasing number of organizations and governments apply foresight methods to identify weak signals and capitalize on the opportunities they portend, as well as prepare contingency plans for adverse scenarios. Foresight also presumes the participation of a number of stakeholders with different views and perspectives. This is our approach to exploring the future of global governance from the perspective of digital technologies.

Today, digital technologies constitute one of the strongest transformational forces on the international stage. Internet, social media platforms, artificial intelligence, and blockchain to name only few have unleashed powerful forces that shape and reshape local, national, and international life. Digital technologies change the way individuals, communities, and societies interact with one other. They affect the performance of information-based activities and offer new modes of information flows, of interactions between people and organizations.

This Summer School will give you the tools and methods to envision the future, and contribute to co-creating it in a group. You will also gain insights on digital technologies and their impact of the international stage.

Each morning, you will discuss with experts from international organizations in Geneva and academic experts the opportunities and challenges raised by digital technologies on the international stage, and address the following questions:

· Who governs the internet and how?
· Do large tech companies govern through their digital infrastructure?
· Will blockchain replace international organizations?
· How can data help achieve the SDGs?
· Is a cyberwar coming soon?
· Can AI support the outcome of international negotiations?

In the afternoon, you will co-create the future of global governance and envision how digital technologies can help the future of an organization based in Geneva. At the end of the week, you will present your creation to this organization.

Course leader

Dr. Jérôme Duberry

Fee info

CHF 890: Final Deadline Price
CHF 690: Early Bird Fee (15 Feb, 2021)