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Harbour Future(s)

What if genetically engineered plants & organisms would screen the flow of people & goods in our ports? What if climate change & shifting global geopolitical/economic power alter the routes and nature of shipping? What if new measures for progress beyond GDP shake up value & supply chains? Back in […]

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Genomics-based healthcare future(s)

How do we best navigate the challenges and opportunities of a genomics-based healthcare future? After having laid the groundworks for a multi-stakeholder debate on this matter ±10yrs ago, we are thrilled to assist UZ Leuven CME once again in drafting a research- and policy-agenda on this fascinating topic.

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Cultural Future(s)

Following her talk at Café Connect on the future of culture last June, Catherine has been once again invited by CultuurConnect, this time to be featured as one of the guests in CultuurConnect’s podcast series “Aan het woord”. “Together with techie and entrepreneur Wouter Van den Bosch and futurologist Catherine […]

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design for urban dialogue

During the World Design Organization’s “Torino Design of the City” event, Nik gave a lecture on October 12th 2017 entitled “Design for urban dialogue – designing conditions for collaborative citymaking”. The lecture – illustrated by a selection of projects by Pantopicon in the realm of design-driven urban foresight and social […]

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Democracy and design

Virginia gave a lecture on “Democracy and Design” during the World Design Organization‘s Torino Design of the City conference on October 12th 2017. Through the lens of Hannah Arendt’s views on democracy, Virginia shed light on the role of design (more specifically, design for social innovation) in democracy-building. The topic […]

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AI & legal professions

Nik provided the AIGA-Treviso with a conversation starter on questions raised by the increasing influence of AI in society and the legal realm. On October 6th 2017, the Treviso chapter of the Italian association of young lawyers (AIGA Treviso) organised a conference entitled “Future & innovation in the legal professions” together […]

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art academy of the future

About 100 teachers and staff of the Genk Art Academy (Genkse Academie) gathered at the local soccer stadium to reflect on their future. On 31/08 they explored the dynamics that shaped their academy in the past; they discussed future trends and developments that might rock their organisation in the coming […]

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the cyberiad: telling stories of power relationships in future wor(l)ds

How might the future (re)shape power relationships? What might define power, what will it consist of? How might such prospects challenge the way we design the world around us? How might this render our lives different? On June 15th, Nik Baerten (Pantopicon, Antwerp, B), Elisa Bertolotti (University of Madeira), Virginia […]

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toolkit to inspire urban labs launched

The final conference of the URB@Exp project (JPI-Urban Europe) took place in Graz, Austria. Together with its partners, Pantopicon launched a toolkit for civil servants or other stakeholders exploring to set up their urban lab. The LAB kit – as it is called – contains a booklet of guidelines and […]

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lecture on the value of futures thinking for policy making

In Bruges … Nicole delivered a lecture yesterday on the value of foresight and futures thinking for policy making. The lecture took place during #uitdaginggeaccepteerd (challenge accepted), a one day seminar for top-level civil servants from the Flemish government.

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