Episode 05 - Futures Thinking: the Secret Weapon of Resilient Cities
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🔮 “You can’t predict the future” but still you can learn to think about it with more creativity and optimism.
In this episode, we will explore the use of Futures thinking, an exciting practice which seeks to unpack the question “what could happen?”, rather than attempting to answer the question “what will happen?”
I met with Cheryl Chung, one of Singapore’s leading Futures thinkers and practitioners, based at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
Together, we discuss what it means to leverage Futures Thinking in public policy and how Asian cities, such as Singapore, are pioneering its use to navigate through an uncertain and complex world (including the establishment of a Futures think tank within Singapore’s public service, the Centre for Strategic Futures).
📝 As usual, I am sharing some resources I have used to prepare this episode:
Futures Thinking in Asia and the Pacific: Why Foresight Matters for Policy Makers by the Asian Development Bank
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