The futures of agency
Exploring the liminal spaces between action and responsibility
25 October 2023 (Wednesday), 14:00-16:00, imagine2

Minds that could see futures: engaging new generations in a Future Literacy project

The paper describes and explores advantages and implications of Futures Literacy projects for higher education. In the last four years, BA students from Italian and Bangladesh universities were engaged in a series of laboratory sessions designed to discuss their expectations and fears about the futures. The aim of such a project was generating a positive mindset to cope with emerging socio-ecological factors and stimulate cooperation in multicultural settings. The futures labs focused on gender and AI technologies as drivers of change in futures scenarios: students implemented an intersectionality perspective, debated the pros and cons of technological innovations and explored social dynamics activated by gender empowerment in western and non-western countries. Developing a shared perspective of our age and establishing cross-disciplinary relations is important for the new generations in order to cope with systemic problems. With this intent, during the labs attention was paid to analyze and frame their individual challenges inside a narrative of transformation and regeneration. It was also effective to start a preliminary analysis of the possible expansions of the service mission of higher education institutions and to counteract a passive attitude towards global phenomena.

Adjunct professor
Universita di Trento