On 16th May approximately 40 foresight experts and practitioners from over 10 countries met in the Meeting organized by the Foresight Europe Network (FEN) in Berlin. Some of the beFORE partners had the chance to participate there, where Dr. Anna Sacio-Szymańska, from the Institute for Sustainable Technologies in Radom, Poland, and vice-president of the network presented some of the new insights arising from the beFORE project on foresight capacity building.

The meeting, that was hosted by the futures studies programme at Freie Universität Berlin (Link: http://www.ewi-psy.fu-berlin.de/en/v/master-zukunftsforschung/index.html), focussed especially on gaming and experiential foresight approaches – a set of tools, techniques and practices that have recently gained in importance in the field. This way, the participants did not only have the chance to discuss about issues related to these topics, but also to experience these approaches through the active participation in the different parallel workshops that were organized:

  • “Gaming Session: The Scenario Exploration System” – facilitated by Laurent Bontoux, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Foresight and Policy Lab Team.
  • “Gaming Session: Future Disruptions – a Foresight Game” – facilitated by Christian Schoon and Cornelia Daheim, Future Impacts.
  • “Gaming Session: A Scenario Game” – facilitated by Jonas Korn and Christian Schonert, students at FU Berlin.
  • “Gaming Session: Showcasing a Foresight Game” – facilitated by Christina Moser and Hendrik Brandenburger, students at FU Berlin.
  • “Narrative Approaches to Foresight Scenarios: The “I” Concept” – facilitated by Yannis Angelis, consultant.
  • “Open Space“.

For more information about the Foresight Europe Network, visit: http://www.feneu.org/