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.

Doing time in Saint Petersburg

Exciting news – I am going to make it to the Psychology of the XXI Century Conference in St. Petersburg next week! In case you are around – do let me know! I will be so happy to catch up!

The Conference will run between April 19 and April 21. I am invited to host a round table and talk about our International Time Perspective Network and time perspective research.

I do hope that I will have a bit of time to revisit the city. I haven’t been there since 2003. I’m pretty sure there have been many changes. I’m looking forward to this adventure!

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Очень все неожиданно произошло, но все успели – побегать и понервничать пришлось, как в былые времена, но приглашение в итоге удалось получить, визу оформить, билеты были куплены – так что вылетаю в понедельник в Санкт-Петербург. Буду рада встречам!

Participating in the Danish Research Festival

In the week 17, or from April 25 to May 1, there will be Danish Research Festival running across the country and this year I’ll be part of it!

The organizers say that “the festival programme has about 500 different events in more than 100 cities all over the country and every year more than 65,000 guests visit the festival.” It is ran every year and it is organized by Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

It seems like the main idea of the Festival is to bring science closer to general public. Sounds like fun! I’ll be exploring different events during the week and will keep you updated on my favorites from the proposed programme.

If you are in Copenhagen and you’re interested in psychology of time, please join me!

Psychology of time: Before, after and in-between

April 28th, 19:00 to 21:00 at Rantzausgade 34

Please register here, since the places are limited.

This talk aims to introduce you to the exciting topic of psychological time.

The different roles time plays in our everyday life, how it impacts what we do and how, how the tempo of a city has an impact of our health and how to find a temporal balance will be explored during the talk.

We will also talk about temporal aspects of groups and cultures and how those influence cross-cultural communication and sustainability issues.

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Creative flow as a resource

May 1st, 12:00 to 14:00 at Rantzausgade 34

Please register here, since the places are limited.

This workshop is designed to serve as a window into a different reality, a few hours just for yourself, away from usual stress, uncertainties and routines. An opportunity to zoom out, to do something different or something long forgotten, but enjoyable and invigorating.

It is time to get together with your inner creative and a few other like minded people and do something fun and inspiring.

It is time to take a break, breathe, be with yourself and dissolve in your dreams and then continue with new energy and focus.

It is time to stop waiting for the muse, we’ll start without her, but she’ll join us anyway.

It is time to create and discover!

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Temporal Matters Salon

This has been an exciting collaboration so far – between me, representing the International Time Perspective Network and the Celebrating Time, 3rd International Conference on Time Perspective and Creative Roots: Collective Urbanism.

For most part, very outside my comfort zone, but that is why I ventured on this adventure – to explore where and how the psychological theories about time and urbanism issues intersect.

So far we held two Salons at the Cafe Ved Buen. One talk was dedicated to Pace of Life and the other one – to chronotope. The more I read about the chronotope, the more I was getting inspired by this concept and its possible applications outside the literary studies.

You can see my prezi’s from both of the occasions and you’re most welcome to drop by next time! See the schedule and sign up on Eventbrite.

Temporal Matters Salon #1: Pace of Life

Temporal Matters Salon #2: Chronotope: the time-space

Temporal Matters Salon

Creative Rendezvous – February 21, 2016 | Copenhagen

Creative rendezvous – it is the time for you!

It’s time to get together with your inner creative and a few other like minded people and do something fun and inspiring.
It’s time to discover some of your hidden talents, get in touch with your inner Kandinsky or maybe Hemingway..

It’s time to get into the creative flow and extend the present moment.
It’s time to break free from some of the boundaries we tend to create for ourselves and discover new opportunities.

It’s time to take a break, breathe, be with yourself and dissolve in your dreams and then continue with new energy and focus.
It’s time to create and discover!
It’s time to stop waiting for the muse, we’ll start without her, but she’ll join us anyways!

 

Price: 300 DKK
Art supplies, tea / coffee, snacks are provided.

Places are limited. Please book a spot with 50 DKK via eventbrite:

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Learn Do Share – Copenhagen 2015

I’m happy to be part of the Lear Do Share event in Copenhagen this year. It is organized by Creative Roots: Collective Urbanism. You can find more information about the event here. It lasts three days: from August 27 to August 29 with the overall theme of Smart Citizens.

Julien Daniel and I are going to lead a workshop on the Day 2: Co.Creative Tactical Day on Social Dilemmas and Smart Citizens.

Join us on August 28 at 15.00 and let’s explore together the following issues:

How do we manage limited resources? Why do we often irrationally act based on our self-interests although it may threaten the long-term survival of the whole group? Why don’t we behave sustainable or environmentally responsible? How do the personal attitudes towards time play a role in this? How to promote cooperation among different stakeholders?
We are going to explore these questions in a role-play game during the workshop and hopefully collaboratively discover some answers to them.

Participation is free, but places are limited! Please sign up on eventbrite.

Slides from the workshop on culture shock at International House

Dear all,

it’s been a pleasure to seeing such a diverse and enthusiastic group at the Workshop! Hopefully you found something valuable for you at this event! Please let Kari know what you thought of the event, so that we can try to make it better next time!

You can find the slides here in PDF format. And here is live presentation, if you want to see the youtube clips again 🙂

Cheers,

Anna

Workshop: Cross-Cultural Mobility & Coping Strategies | International House

International House Copenhagen invited me to hold a workshop that deals with the issue of culture shock.

The event takes place:  Thursday 28th May from 17.00 – 20.00

Participation is free of charge but there is a limited number of seats and it is open for participants of the following programs: Copenhagen Career Program, Copenhagen Host Program and Copenhagen University.

First come, first served.

Invitation

Where:

Gyldenløvesgade 11
1600 Copenhagen V

Workshop: Coping strategies – get settled with body & mind

Less theoretical and more practical workshop about culture, its impact when one is moving to a new country, how to deal with the stress and culture shock, and how to navigate and decode a new culture.

In collaboration with Casper Cordes at the Københavns Sprogcenter

Monday 27/4 at 12.45 – 15.15
Keywords: culture shock, codes, unwritten rules, coping with Danish culture

Registration is open for students at the Københavns Sprogcenter