Future of Foresight in Asia: The 2nd Asia Pacific Futures Network International Conference

The 2nd Asia Pacific Futures Network (APFN) International Conference held at and organized by the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies Tamkang University Taiwan highlighted what works in futures and foresight and explored and introduced emerging tools and techniques to create and question alternative and preferred futures in Asia.

From a discussion of macrohistory to the future of Islamic banking, governance and city resilience, presenters shared lessons learned via case studies on foresight praxis and interface with corporate, state, academe, civil society and local government levels.

Mapping the after panel discussions and presentations of panelists, some keywords would emerge and probably are drivers or futures narratives that might influence, perhaps obviously, the way we frame and implement the social, political, technological and economic futures of Asia:

  • Grand transition
  • Regional security
  • Islamic banking
  • Water
  • Health
  • Play and Praxis
  • Gaming and Artificial Intelligence
  • Design thinking and public engagement
  • Foresight in national planning
  • Metaphor and poetry
  • Future Makers
  • Leading with culture
  • Linguistics
  • City futures

Looking forward to APFNs conference report hopefully this year.

Below are some photos from the APFN conference courtesy of the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies Tamkang University Taiwan.

Group Photo Day1.jpg
Day 1 participants of the 2nd APFN conference
Shermon Cruz (that’s me!) with Colin Russo (Australia) and Hyunhee Heo (Korea) discussing Urban and Health City Futures in Asia
Imtiaz Ahmed (Sri Lanka) with Seonwon Park and Nedal El-Ghattis shared some insights on the aspect of the Asian grand transition – security, banking and culture
Methods and Tools with Asian Flavour. Games! games! games! with John Sweeney (USA) and Ali Baradaran (Iran)
Ali Baradaran (Iran) co-facilitated the afternoon workshop with John Sweeney (USA) and Shermon Cruz (Philippines)
Let the games begin!
Shermon Cruz, Ali Barandaran and John Sweeney at the 2nd APFN Conference
Games! games! games!
The Graduate Institute of Futures Studies – Host and organizer of the 2nd APFN Conference!



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