Building Resilient Cities of the Future

Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures

Laoag City is the venue for Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures, a forum and workshop on anticipatory thinking and strategic foresight for climate-resilient cities, slated on May 21-24.

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Post mega disasters, an intense framing and re-framing to support and shape sustainable and resilient cities are the order of the day.

Expected to join the 4-day capacity building is a lineup of movers and shakers that include world-class architect/urban planner Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr, World Wildlife Fund-Philippines (WWF) CEO and President Lory Tan, Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, Planning Officer Xenon Walde of Makati City, Prof. Jake Cadag, Mayor Chevylle Farinas of Laoag City and  Governor Joey Salceda of Albay.

Dr. Sohail Inayatullah, professor at Tamkang University, Taipei, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Macquarie University, Sydney, and 2010 Laurel Award winner for All Time Best Futurists by Shaping Tomorrow Network will facilitate the Foresight workshop. His specialty is help develop alternative and preferred futures.

Mark Alexander of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Dr. Jiang Bang Deng of the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University and Dr. Hyun Ryul Park, Professor Emeritus at Chung Ang University, South Korea, will share insights and experiences on how they use and apply foresight in governance in the United States, Taiwan and South Korea.

The project is an initiative of the UNESCO, UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the Center for Engaged Foresight in partnership with the City Government of Laoag, Northwestern University, Tamkang University, Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, International Society for Heal Being Studies and SMART Philippines.

Interested leaders may contact Mr. Shermon Cruz, Executive Director of Center for Engaged Foresight  CP Nos.: +639479639858 / 09173185162; Tel. No or Fax: 077 607 03 43; or email:

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