Maja is a generalist, founder and principal invigorator of FoAM, a distributed lab for speculative culture. At FoAM she leads transdisciplinary teams in prototyping possible futures as creative experiments. She designs multisensory experiences, facilitates participatory processes, writes, speaks and cooks worldwide. Her particular approach to people and technology has been recognised by the MIT’s Technology review & the World Economic Forum, awarding her the titles of Top 100 Young Innovator & Young Global Leader. Maja’s academic background is in design futures, storytelling and interactive media. She recently became an avid practitioner of laying fallow. Click here for an adapted transcript of Maja’s keynote.
Professors Roberto Poli (University of Trento) and Keri Facer (University of Bristol) presented two introductory pieces on the future of Anticipation Studies, and Anticipatory Literacies respectively.
Professor Nadin shared his well-developed position on the anticipatory perspective, based on over 30 years’ research. Acknowledging anticipatory processes as inherent to life and living, his work seeks knowledge of how change affects the living. The work is towards a genuine science of the living in which the realization of meaning in connection to the possible future is a new frontier of science. Such a view necessarily leads to the understanding that the Cartesian view of the world has to be complemented, in Niels Bohr’s sense that objects have complementary properties which cannot all be observed or measured simultaneously, with a holistic non-deterministic view of life.
The presentation was made via video link followed by a dialogue between Mihai Nadin and Ilkka Tuomi with audience questions. Professor Nadin has made an edited version of the presentation available here.
Mihai Nadin, Ashbel Smith University Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Director of the antÉ – Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems, has been researching anticipatory processes since 1959. Distinguished Fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany), Dr. Nadin is in charge of the Study Group in Anticipation. Those interested in additional information can check his website, www.nadin.ws.
Ted Fuller is professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Foresight at the University of Lincoln, UK. He is Editor in Chief of Futures Journal and leads the Responsible Management Research Group at Lincoln International Business School. His current personal research is on responsible anticipation in multiple contexts. He has been involved in the establishment of linkages between Futures Studies and Anticipatory Systems since 2007, following the COST Action A22 on foresight methodologies, which he chaired.
Ilkka Tuomi is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Meaning Processing Ltd, located in Helsinki, Finland. He has written books on AI and cognitive science, computer security, knowledge management theory, and new innovation models. His recent work has focused on the intersection between anticipatory systems, innovation, and theory of “next-generation” constructivist and design-oriented foresight.
Chaired by Professor Sandra Kemp, Senior Research Fellow, V&A and Imperial College London, this interdisciplinary keynote panel debated methodologies for making futures in the context of the Anthropocene.
Questions for discussion included: What values shape our designs of the future, and how do we know they are the right ones? What does the past have to do with it, and how have different cultures, religions and traditions anticipated? A better future for whom – humans, animals or the planet?
Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland and Director of the Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence focussed on the study of complex systems and networks. He previously served as Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology from 2008-2012, and as President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists from 2011-2013. He has won a number of awards, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and ANZIAM’s E. O. Tuck Medal. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Associate Professor and Course Director of the MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University in London. She is also the Director for Postgraduate Studies for the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries. Previously, she has been a Curator of Contemporary and Modern Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where she worked on important acquisitions and exhibitions, such as ‘What is Luxury?’ in 2015. Jana Scholze is a Fellow at the V&A and supervises PhD students. She is regularly invited as lecturer, judge and critic, and publishes on issues of curatorial and design practice internationally.
Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in Lancaster University and Director of the Institute for Social Futures. She studies change in religion, values and beliefs. Recent books include That was the Church, that was: how the Church of England lost the English People, A Sociology of Prayer, Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, and Everyday Lived Islam in Europe. She is the co-founder and organiser of the Westminster Faith Debates, and a regular commentator on religion on radio and television. She is interested in future-facing work wich is richly engaged with the past and reflective about the values it embodies.