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Foresight Ghent : alternative futures

Friday, December 7, 11:00-13:00h

How would your life and job look like in an alternative future?

We live in chaotic, complex and sometimes contradictory times. Think Trump, fake news, technological disruption, climate change and the likes. As a consequence, it can be very hard for people to find their way in today’s society. What could help is a point on the horizon. A vision of a preferred future that steers our choices and helps us create and design the ideas, practices, ethics and technologies that help us get there. That is where Foresight comes in.

In the first part of this session, the Digipolis Ghent Foresight team will give an introduction to foresight using a case study. We present the methodology and results of a co-creative Foresight project we ran together with over one hundred civil servants in Ghent. At the end of the project, four alternative images of the future were written. Four different societal contexts, wherein people live, work and give meaning to their life. Four different versions of Ghent in 2040 that are or aren’t wishful, depending on who’s looking.

In the second part, you will be put to work. You will be given one of these four new urban realities, and will be triggered to rethink your own life and work environment therein. As IoT-professionals, we invite you to enrich the four alternative images of the future with your technological expertise. These alternative contexts will force you to reflect on your current state-of-being, assess what you like or dislike in the given context and design strategies to adapt to (or change) the new as-is.


Joris Wauters

Joris Wauters is a member of the Digipolis Ghent Foresight team. He focusses on foresight methodologies, trend/emerging issues analysis and the interplay between society and technology.  He is co-editor of the scenario’s called ‘Four scripts for Ghent 2040. People and technology in the city of the future’ and curated the ‘Post Fossil City Expo’ in Ghent. Joris holds a MA in history and is currently finishing his PhD in social sciences.

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

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Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

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Tickets & info

12 / 13 December, Rotterdam | Get your tickets now!

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)


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Speakers & hosts

Our speakers & hosts

We are happy to announce our keynote speakers and hosts for sessions and workshops. These include:

Marleen Stikker
Tracy Rolling
Heather Wiltse
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Klasien van de Zandschulp
Mirena Papadimitriou
Davide Gomba
Wouter Reeskamp

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