DR Congo 2015


Follow Up – 2015 Congo Fellowship In 2015, one year after the completion of the pilot programme, fitfteen individual artists based in Lubumbashi participated in MAONO, the development education project to which the 2012-2013 LEALA local project was connected. The  images of the future produced over the course of the three year project, were presented at an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp. The participating students’ were offered an opportunity to provide additional material to be included in the overview. The artists were asked to provide updates of the work they had created. To build on the efforts of the previous years, one artisit participant was selected for the LEALA fellowship. Jean Katambayi, was the beneficiary of this fellowship which helped him to further develop the work he had produced with the LEALA students in Lubumbashi. Jean Katambayi was present at the opening of the exhibition in May 2015. He was accompanied by the two Agence Future volunteers based in Belgium who ran the LEALA project of the previous biennium. The artist had the opportunity to further develop his future related work and share it with arts-minded audiences in Belgium in formal workshops and presentations as well as a range of informal meetings. During his three-week stay in Belgium Jean also worked on a new piece related to the history of mining in the DRC. This piece, called Sol-Sur-Sol, emphasizes how layer upon layer of factors and facts from the past and the present, provide a tiered …

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The Haiti project was developed by Patrick Corsi who is a designer of innovation strategies with in-depth experience with innovation in the Caribbean. From 2000 untill 2012 he was Associate Professor ISTIA Innovation at the Institut Des Sciences et des Techniques de l’Ingénieur (ISTIA), d’Angers France. Corsi proposed an active educational activity in Haïti, among the world’s poorest countries, stricken by natural disaster with the earthquakes of 2010. This course introduced foresight/futures studies methods with approaches and materials adapted to connect into regional realities and intensive design-practice based workshops using concrete cases of local interest and value. The workshop was held at Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti in Port-au-Prince with 39 participants from different generations (40% women), representing a broad cross-cut of Haitis population, including advanced students and high-level policy-makers but with no direct hierarchical relations between the participants. It took place over 9 consecutive half-days in April 2015 The workshop addressed a clearly pre-defined and specific subject area: distance learning for university education in Haiti. All of the activities, exercises, discussions and activities were geared at formulating proposals for projects, designs and breakthroughs in this area. The design-based approach of the workshop comes from CK theory (Corsi, REF) and relies on clearly outlined phases and steps to build innovative ideas/designs/proposals for things that matter. The intent was to gather and mobilize the total sum of available prior knowledge and collect the best possible state-of-the-art possibilities in the domain of distance learning before formulating desirable possibilities for the future. The learning lab …

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The Mexico learning lab was developed and implemented by WFSF Vice-President for the Iberam Region, Ph.D. Guillermina Baena Paz and the young futurist Alethia Berenice Montero. The project was set up in a partnership with the Direction Ejecutiva de Trabajo del System Penitenciario del Distrito Federal in Mexico City. Nine women held in prison and likely to return to their communities the following year, participated in the project. The women participated in 50 hours of workshops from March till June 2015. The approach chosen for this workshop was “Teatro del devinir” or “Forward theatre”, a performative futures strand. Alethia studied psychology and works as an artist and futurist in the domain of “Forward Theater”, working with performative futures. She is currently studying a Masters in Humanist Body Psychotherapy. She works as a Psychofuturartist and has developed the Psychoprospective Theory along with the Colombian psychologist Martha Jaramillo. She is the pioneer of Forward Theatre in Latin America, and a member of the WFSF Youth Council. Photo: Alethia Berenice Montero, Mexico, speaking at the 21st WFSF World Conference, Bucharest. © 2013 Bram Goots with permission. The objective of the learning lab was to equip the women about to be released into society with tools for reintegration and to prepare them for the challenging future possibilities they might have to deal with upon their return to their communities. This way the course sought to add a self transformative model to the traditional social reintegration model. The learning lab focused exclusively on personal futures but also included some …

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The Philippines

The Philippines activity held in the City of Vigan was developed by Cesar Villanueva (University of St. La Salle Bacolod), a former member of the Executive Board of WFSF and member of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Engaged Foresight and Professor Shermon Cruz (Northwestern University Laoag), and the Director of the Center for Engaged Foresight. This project introduced futures studies and foresight to strengthen the foresight awareness of decision-makers and key actors involved in shaping disaster reduction and management programs and city development planning in highly vulnerable cities and communities to climate change in the Philippines. The two-day foresight capacity building course took place in June 25-27, 2015. The focus was to enable participants to design their own strategic pathways and enhance their foresight capacities for adaptive response and strategic renewal in a climate change era. Around 35 participants, of whom 90% women leaders – mayors, city planners, disaster risk management officers, programme directors, supervisors, specialists, legislators, professors, climate reality leaders and students, from all over the country attended the course. The learning lab introduced and combined creative, critical, interpretive and action-learning approaches and game tools to analyze and imagine alternative and preferred city futures from a woman’s STEEPCVLH (social, technological, economic, environmental, political, cultural, values, legal, historical) perspective. This learning lab was designed to further explore and imagine alternatives for women-gender contexts and roles in transforming Philippine city futures. The Philippines is primarily a hierarchical and masculine society (Geert Hoffstede, 2015). Filipinos ways of thinking, perceiving, …

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Past Officers

Since the origin of WFSF, the Presidents and Secretaries-General have been elected by the membership at General Assemblies.

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