What I am Working on Now – October 2017

During October 2017 I am:

TEACHING:

Psychology of Time – at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Basics of visual arts and creative thinking and being for kids and adults – at Places We Love, Toscana, Italy, October 21-28, 2017.

ORGANIZING:

A workshop on linking the time awareness, future thinking and sustainability across disciplines: Futurization of thinking and behavior as a fine balancing act. Time Perspective Network, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 18, 2017.

General Assembly and a follow-up Executive Board meeting for the Time Perspective Network.

Researching:

Collaborating with Marc Wittmann: exploring the role time orientation plays on pro-environmental behaviour and sustainability.

Collaborating with Elisabeth Schilling (Hanover, Germany) and Tianna Loose (Nantes, France): exploring the administrated biographies and when the image of the future becomes present and past.

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How do I manage all of the above and a few things that were left out? I love working with my version of the bullet journal and I also follow my own medicine regarding taking the creative breaks.

I am available for giving workshops on how to deal with culture shock and using creativity as a resource. I would be thrilled to develop a tailored talk / workshop regarding time, creativity and your field of interest.

Best ways to keep up with my progress and stay in touch with me:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with my recent discoveries and updates & invitations to my exhibitions / pop-up galleries openings, events I’m organizing / hosting, talks & workshops I’m giving, etc.
  • see my visual explorations on Instagram
  • follow my occasional banter on twitter , updates on facebook or browse my blog on Medium

Find out more about me on my about page

Page inspired by Austin Kleon and nownownow community

Page was updated in October 2017.

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.

What I am Working on Now – September 2017

During September 2017 I am:

Teaching:

Psychology of Time – at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark

Learning:

Attending the Art Therapy Seminar: “Art Therapy. Inner dialogues and mental health”, arranged by Institut for Kunstterapi, Gadbjerg, Denmark; 11 – 15 September, 2017

Attending CPH Fusion Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 – 18 September, 2017

Writing:

Collaborating with Marc Wittmann on a paper: Orientation to the present and future and its role in pro-environmental behaviour and sustainability.

An essay on culture, time and masks for the Indvielsen project .

Presenting:

The Indvielsen project to the Museum of Copenhagen – September 6, 2017.

Giving a talk “Individual differences in time perspective and sustainable behavior: Participatory simulation and debate” at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden, September 28, 2017.

Organizing:

A workshop on linking the time awareness, future thinking and sustainability across disciplines – more information to follow. Time Perspective Network, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 18, 2017.

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How do I manage all of the above and a few things that were left out? I love working with my version of the bullet journal and I also follow my own medicine regarding taking the creative breaks.

I am available for giving workshops on how to deal with culture shock and using creativity as a resource. I would be thrilled to develop a tailored talk / workshop regarding time, creativity and your field of interest.

Best ways to keep up with my progress and stay in touch with me:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with my recent discoveries and updates & invitations to my exhibitions / pop-up galleries openings, events I’m organizing / hosting, talks & workshops I’m giving, etc.
  • see my visual explorations on Instagram
  • follow my occasional banter on twitter , updates on facebook or browse my blog on Medium

Find out more about me on my about page

Page inspired by Austin Kleon and nownownow community

Page was updated in September 2017.

Meeting at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

On June 22, 2017 the mini-symposium Thinking the Present and Future – Psychological Insights on the Role of Subjective Time organized by Marc Wittmann was held at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam, Germany.

Marc has invited me, Maciej Stolarsky (University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland), Oksana Senyk (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine) and Oleksiy Polunin (Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics, Kyiv, Ukraine) to present some insights about the irrational behaviour of people in general and the role time perspective plays in sustainability decisions in particular.

We met with the researchers from the Futurisation of Politics group, who work on the following issues: the potential benefits for transformations towards sustainability of a conscious approach to long-term issues in policy design, the representation of future generations in contemporary politics and the circumstances under which their representation might be improved, developing a nuanced and critical understanding of the deployment of time horizons in politics and science. Overall, the project links research perspectives on future challenges and sustainable action across the fields of philosophy, political science, economics and social-psychology.

Program of the meeting included the following talks:

Maciej Stolarski: Looking at time horizons from an aerial view: The role of meta-cognitive processes in balancing one’s own time perspective profile

Oksana Senyk: The effects of socio-economic crisis on youth’s time perspective: case of Ukrainian 17-24- year-olds

Oleksiy Polunin: Mental representation of time flow as modulator of human behavior

Anna Sircova: Individual differences in time perspective and sustainable behavior: Participatory simulation and debate

It was a very inspiring day and of course it was a great pleasure to meet everyone in person! And as a surprising finale of the meeting, me and Maciej were interviewed by Gerhard Richter from Deutschlandfunk (German National Public Radio). Will send the link once our interview will go live!