Programme Synopsis AAC 2017



WAAS & WUC on Global Challenges & the Need for New Thinking

Chair: Heitor Gurgulino de Souza (President WAAS)

  • Garry Jacobs (CEO, WAAS), Transdisciplinary Social Theory and Integrated Thinking
  • Alberto Zucconi (Secretary General, WUC), Agency and Resilience,  Variables of an Effective People Centered Education Promoting Sustainable Governance
  • Winston Nagan (Chairman of the Board, WAAS), Social Science, Values and Intellectual Responsibility
  • Elizabet Paunovic (Head of WHO European Centre for Environment and Health), Health and Environment in WHO European Region: Creating Resilient Communities and Supportive Environments
  • Donato Kiniger-Passigli (Fragile States and Disaster Response Coordinator of ILO International labour organization), Crisis risk management: Anticipating Change, Counteracting Fragility



The UNESCO Chairs in Anticipatory Systems

Chair: Winston Nagan (Chairman of the Board, WAAS)

  • Riel Miller (Paris, UNESCO Headquarter), The UNESCO Chairs in Anticipatory Systems and the Role of Futures Literacy
  • Markku Wilenius (University of Turku), Understanding Economic and Social Macro-Waves
  • Roberto Poli (University of Trento), Pragmatic Utopias



Keynote Speech

Round table: what’s next?

Chair: Roberto Poli (University of Trento)

  • Emil Constantinescu (President of Romania 1996 – 2000), Managing uncertainty – a challenge for the nowadays society
  • Round table (what’s next?) with Garry Jacobs (CEO, WAAS), Riel Miller (Paris, UNESCO Headquarter) and Roberto Poli (University of Trento)




Chair: Elif Cepni (Bahcesehir University, Istanbul)

  • NICOLI, Maria Augusta (Responsible of Social Innovation Program, Health and Social Agency – Emilia-Romagna Region) and Vincenza PELLEGRINO (University of Parma), How do you see the future of salaried work?» A case study focused on intergenerational elaboration of social policies
  • VELAMOOR, Seshadri R. (Foundation For the Future), Anticipation: As Managed Emergence
  • SABETTA, Lorenzo (Department of Communication and Social Research, University “La Sapienza”, Rome), Self-defeating Prophecy: When Sociology Really Matters



Chair: Nasir Hussain (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Department of Health, London)

  • DOMINICI, Piero (Department of Political Science, University of Perugia), Rethinking Education… beyond the «False Dichotomies»*: the Hypercomplex Society and the urgency of a systemic approach to complexity
  • CORAZZA, Giovanni Emanuele (University of Bologna – Marconi Institute for Creativity), Creativity and Anticipation: Intertwined and Non-Obvious Relationships
  • BARELLI, Eleonora (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna) et al., The design of future- and present-oriented teaching modules on the science of complex systems for upper secondary school students



Chair: Roberto Paura (Italian Institute for the Future, Napoli)

  • BONESINI, Alessandro (Director of Italian Schools and Education Office, Italian General Consulate in Frankfurt am Main – Germany) et al., System thinking about the commons: reflections and research action about agency and care for landscape resources in two Italian middle schools
  • TASQUIER, Giulia (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna) et al., Developing future-scaffolding skills through physics teaching at the secondary school level: The I SEE European project



Chair: Sirkka Heinonen (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku)

  • CEPNI, Elif (Bahcesehir University, Istanbul), Unrealistic or Realistic Reality, the Use of Complexity Theory in Decision Making
  • CAVATORTA, Liliana and Gianluca ROSSO (Osservatorio Reputational and Emerging Risk, UnipolSai, Bologna, Italy), Managing Emerging Risks in strategic scenarios of uncertainty and complexity: A Theoretical Framework.
  • KURKI, Sofi (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku), Embedded anticipation in self-managed organisations



Chair: Carlos Alvarez-Pereira (President, Innaxis Research Institute, Spain)

  • BROWN, Kerry (Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia) et al., Anticipation and Decision-making in International Negotiation Simulations
  • GORDILHO, Heron (Associated Professor at the Universidade Federal da Bahía and Universidade Católica de Salvador), Stare Decisis and Animal Cruelty in Brazil
  • DE OLIVEIRA FILHO, João Glicério (University of Bahia), Anticipation in the Corporate Law: corporate compliance and the future of organizations





Chair: Raoul A. Weiler (University of Leuven)

  • HEINONEN, Sirkka and Joni KARJALAINEN (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku), Pioneer Analysis as Tool for Anticipation of Futures Agency – Case of Surprising Energy Futures
  • CAIATI, Giovanni e Gabriele QUINTI (Knowledge and Innovation – K&I), Energy transition, anticipation and change. A study on the anticipatory experiences of the low carbon society
  • FANZINI, Daniele and Irina ROTARU (Department of architecture, built environment and construction engineering, Politecnico di Milano), Anticipation in Built Environment Design & Management





Chair: Seshadri R. Velamoor (Foundation For the Future)

  • ALVAREZ-PEREIRA, Carlos (President, Innaxis Research Institute, Spain), The interplay between Science and Technology: in urgent need of complex anticipatory systems
  • BENATI, Stefano (Department of Sociology, University of Trento), Anticipatory Scenarios and Optimal Decision Making
  • WEILER, Raoul A. (University of Leuven), Food Scarcity Unavoidable by 2100?



Chair: Sofi Kurki (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku)

  • HUSSAIN, Nasir (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Department of Health, London) and Sandeep NIJJER (QuintilesIMS), Can elements from Problem Structuring Methods anticipate and manage uncertainties associated with future scenarios?
  • ZABOROWSKI, Robert (University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland), Multilayeredness of anticipation



Chair: Piero Dominici (Department of Political Science, University of Perugia)

  • CASALI BAHIA, Saulo José (Federal University of Bahia - UFBA), Values and Anticipation for the Elderly and Migrants
  • PAURA, Roberto (Italian Institute for the Future, Napoli), The notion of “existential risk” as a framework for the anticipation of technoscientific progress
  • RIZZO, Gabriele (APF & Leonardo), Convergence, complexity and exponentiality: irresistible forces, irreconcilable antagonists



Chair: Stefano Benati (Department of Sociology, University of Trento)

  • VON MITSCHKE-COLLANDE, Joséphine (Innaxis Research Institute, Switzerland), Towards a Society of Living: Integrating different anticipatory designs from Complexity Theory and Life Sciences for Transformation
  • FIORINI, Rodolfo A. (Politecnico di Milano University), A Strategic Proposal for the New Society: Surviving and Flourishing from Chaos
  • DE GIACOMO, Piero (Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Bari) and Rodolfo A. FIORINI, (Politecnico di Milano University) and, Effective Logical Competence for People Centered Education and Creativity


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