Futurization of thinking and behavior as a fine balancing act

Thinking in the present is what has gotten us here — now it’s time to start thinking about the future. Most of us may not realize that the decisions we are making on a daily basis can have far-reaching consequences for individuals, societies, and ecosystems into the future. The reason we have survived so far as a biological species is that we act in the here-and-now: when we saw danger — we ran, when we saw food — we ate. However, if we want to make sure we can survive further on in time, we will have to incorporate future thinking in our behaviours.

How can we do that? How can we expand our temporal horizon and develop new cognitive abilities? How can we learn to deal with the massive amount of uncertainty and anxiety that this perspective brings? And, more generally, does such time awareness lead to more sustainable behaviors, decisions, policy-making?

During this hands-on workshop, we will explore how to understand the concept of ‘futurization’ from different angles: What are the mechanisms we can use to see the possible futures? How can we bring these desired futures closer and turn them into reality?

If this resonates with you, apply to join our first workshop on Oct 18th, 2017 at The Lighthouse in Copenhagen. Seats are limited.

Prototyping futurization initiative group:

Anna Sircova, PhD, Time Perspective Network #psychologyoftime#crossdisciplinaryprojects #creativeideasandapplications
Martina S. Mahnke, PhD, IT University of Copenhagen #digitalcommunicationandmedia #knowledgeexperiences #lifelonglearner
Aglaia Michelakis, B.A. Hon. UofT #artandarchitecturepastpresentfuture#writing #teaching
Jason Brovich, Duke University undergraduate #psychologyandlaw#marketing #progressivism

Special guest:

Marc Wittmann, PhD, Institute for Frontier Areas in Psychology and Mental Health, Freiburg, Germany. Author of the MIT Press book Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time.

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