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Lunch and Learn: Foresight is 2020 – Learning to Think Like a Futurist

Wednesday April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Yukonstruct member, Katie McPherson, Resilience and Foresight Practitioner, to explore potential futures through rapid games and learn about the fascinating field of Futures Planning and Strategic Foresight. The tools used can be applied to help you anticipate disruption, map systems interactions, and identify transformative opportunities for your life, your business, and the world.
Our world is constantly changing, the future presents new challenges, opportunities, and environments that most people cannot even imagine. For many, the present already seems like the future they never thought could happen. Consider that today:
– Billions of people around the world have been practicing some form of physical and social distancing for more than a year.
– The first person to live to 1000 years may already be alive.
– 2.7 billion gamers are connecting with each other through massive online games.
– 1.5 billion people globally are exposed to flood risk.
– You can buy a ticket to go to space.
– The Magpie River in Quebec has been granted rights.
– Mice are being bred in mechanical embryos.
– Northern Canada is projected to be among the most hospitable places in the world  for human habitation over the next 25 years.
– Hundreds of autonomous vehicles are operating in mining operations in Canada.
So what does it all mean? How did we get here? What new ideas, values, jobs, cultural practices and products will emerge as these issues collide? Can anyone really plan to navigate the future? Why does this matter for life and work in the Yukon? Let’s get into it!
Registration is required, members only. 
More about Katie:
Katie McPherson is a Yukonstruct member and a Resilience and Foresight Practitioner. She is passionate about engaging diverse perspectives to understand and address complex issues. Through firsthand experience responding to local and global emergencies, she learned that the consequences of disasters are rarely unpredictable nor unpreventable, and that there are many parallels between planning for disasters and planning for an uncertain and disruptive future. She believes that effective resilience and adaptation strategies must be holistic in nature, including deep awareness of the intersections and implications of social, cultural, environmental, technological, economic and political systems, structures and values. In her former role as Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Vancouver her desire to find a better way to promote empathy and collaborative action to achieve transformative futures, led her to the field of Strategic Foresight – a practice that blew her mind and changed her life – providing access to tools and methods to conceive of and drive radical change across systems and scales. She hopes it will do the same for you.


Wednesday April 14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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