Making Sense of Uncertain Times: Seeing and Shapaing Tomorrow 2009 (Foresight Canada 200)

Venue: Delta Edmonton Centre Suites Hotel

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 28, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 30, 2009
Registration Date: Oct 28, 2009
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Description

The Promise of This Event...
• Develop your capacity to practice strategic foresight 2.0.
• Increase your understanding of strategic foresight 2.0 – what it is, isn’t, why do it and what it will do for you.
• Gain Insight into uncertainty.
• Stretch your mind; freshen your imagination.
• Engage Canada’s finest foresight practitioners.
• Participate in the Canadian network for strategic foresight.
Conference Features...
• Learn From Two Remarkable Dinner Speakers
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, Evolutionary Biologist, Author, Evolving Universe; Evolving Selves: Seeing the 21st Century with Fresh Eyes.”
✓ Dr. Gwynne Dyer, Canadian Author, Columnist and Commentator, London, UK –
“Climate Wars: The Geo-Politics of Climate Change – What It Means for Canada.”
• Develop your capacity to sense, think and act in an Integral Manner
✓ Dr. Jonathan Reams, Editor, Integral Journal, “Evolving Our Capacity to See and Shape Tomorrow.”
• Explore the Nature and Requirements of a Truly Sustainable Civilization THE core challenge of the 21st Century.
• Learn Why Nurturing a Receptor Capacity Must Be Included in Foresight Work
• Digest What You are Learning in Six Table Group Conversations
• Use 9 ½ hours over Meals, Receptions and Breaks for Networking with Canada’s finest foresight professionals
• Contribute to the development of the Canadian network for strategic foresight.

Strategic Intentions which the Conference Serves
• Identify and engage persons and organizations from every sector and region of Canada who want to see and shape the future; persons who are against fatalism; those who have an interest in strategic foresight, whether as buyers, users, practitioners, teachers or students.
• Nurture an effective Canadian community of interest among such persons and organizations.
• Encourage and enable such persons and organizations to practice strategic foresight 2.0 at a high professional level.

Conference Objectives
• Attract and delight the best and most creative minds in the field of strategic foresight.
• Design and deliver an exceptional learning experience – participatory, edgy, grounded and relevant.
• Enable Canadians interested in strategic foresight to meet, share, and engage with today’s best futures researchers and foresight practitioners.
• Combine professional, personal and community development.

For More Information: Call Ruben Nelson 1-888-673-3537 or email him at rubennelson@shaw.ca Conference Program

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 – Gathering and Getting To Work
4:30 pm Registration and Welcoming Reception
6:00 Keynote Dinner
Welcome
7:00 Preparing to Listen: Music by Patty Shortreed
Evolving Universe; Evolving Selves: Seeing the 21st Century with Fresh Eyes, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, Evolutionary Biologist, Author, Visionary
8:15 Table Group Conversations to Explore What We Heard and What We Think
8:45 Plenary Discussion
9:15 Adjourn

Thursday, October 29, 2009 – Developing Our Foresight Capacity
7:00 am Networking Breakfast
8:30 Setting Up the Day
8:45 1st Session: Exploring the Capacity Strategic Foresight Requires Dr. Jonathan Reams, Assoc. Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
9:30 Table Conversations to Explore What We Heard and What We Think
10:00 Networking Break
10:30 2nd Session: Developing Our Capacity to Practise Strategic Foresight, Dr. Jonathan Reams, Assoc. Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
11:15 Table Conversations to Explore What We Heard and What We Think
11:45 Plenary Dialogue
12:30 noon Networking Lunch
1:30 pm 3rd Session: Digesting Our Learning – Towards a Truly Sustainable Civilization, A Panel to Kick-Start the Dialogue: Chaired by Ruben Nelson, Foresight Canada Elisabet Sahtouris Jonathan Reams Mark Anielski, Author, The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth
2:00 Table Group Discussions
3:00 Networking Break
3:30 Plenary Dialogue and Comments from Wise Listeners: Sharon Matthias, Designing the Future, Edmonton; Dr. Axel Meisen, Chair, Foresight, Alberta Research Council; Wayne Stewart, Chair, Premier’s Council on Homelessness, Calgary
4:30 Networking Break
5:00 Reception
6:00 Conference Dinner 7:15 Climate Wars: The Evolving Geo-Politics of Climate Change and Their Implications for Canada, Dr. Gwynne Dyer, Authour, Commentator, Film Maker
8:15 Table Group Conversations to Explore What We Heard and What We Think
8:45 Plenary Discussion
9:15 Adjourn

Friday, October 30, 2009 – Expanding the Capacity for Foresight
7:00 am Networking Breakfast – some tables will be set aside for topics as requested
8:30 Setting Up the Day
8:30 4th Session: Developing Receptor Capacity for Foresight in Your Colleagues, A Panel to Kick-Start the Dialogue: Ken Low, Director, Action learning Centre, Calgary;
Lois Macklin, Foresight Advisor, Alberta Research Council, Edmonton; Jack Smith, Foresight Advisor, Defence Research Canada, Ottawa; Leah Soroka, Foresight Advisor, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
9:45 A Conversation Café Process to Explore This New Foresight Responsibility
11:00 Networking Break
11:30 Reports and Plenary Discussion
12:15 noon Networking Lunch
1:15 pm 5th Session: Reflections and Conclusions, A Panel to Kick-Start the Dialogue: Chaired by Dr. David Harries, Kingston
Dr. Gwynne Dyer
Dr. Jonathan Reams
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris
2:00 Table Conversations to Explore What We Heard and What We Think
2:45 Networking Break
3:00 Plenary Discussion and Major Conclusions
3:30 Closing Reflections
4:00 Adjourn

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Normal Rate $1,245.00 Canadian dollars, Special "All Conferences" rate $845.00 Cdn dollars

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