UNESCO Futures forum-workshop in Laoag: We build our cities

UNESCO "Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures" futures forum-workshop

Where do governments or even ordinary citizens fail? As opposed to long-term, we tend to plan short-term. To be able to see what lies ahead and sketch a system to reach our preferred future was the focus of “Resilient Cities, Brighter Futures”, the first ever futures forum-workshop in the Philippines, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with Northwestern University and the City Government of Laoag, held at the Laoag City Hall Auditorium last week.

World-renowned futurist Dr. Sohail Inayatullah engaged participants, which included representatives from local government units, the private business sector, non-government groups and the academe, both from here and abroad.

“Back to the future — we are past our prime, we need to return to simpler times,” Dr. Sohail Inayatullah says of the need for transformation.

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Prior to the workshop proper, futurists from the Tamkang University, the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Chung Ang University and Laoag’s Northwestern University shed light on futurology as a tool for recognizing issues.

Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, globally-recognized architect/urban planner Felino “Jun Palafox Jr, Dean Mario de los Reyes of the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning, WWF Moncini Hinay of WWF-Philippines, Makati City Urban Development Officer Merlina Panganiban, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Fariñas, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office Statistician John Eugene Vincent Escobar presented more or less climate change status and disaster management in some parts of the country.

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Looking back at the outputs, we arrived at a future of a participatory governed, forward-rallying society. Hereafter, the future is something You and I build.

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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: engagedforesight@gmail.com

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