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.
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.
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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