This year the United Nations celebrates it’s 75th anniversary. A milestone, in times where its existence seems more uncertain and perhaps at the same time more needed than ever before. Founded right after WWII to prevent another tragedy of that magnitude, the UN has been a steady beacon on how we as a global community can move forward. It’s guiding principles are nowadays captured in the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious plan that has inspired governments, agencies, NGO’s and educational institutes all around the world. As we celebrate the past 75 years, other pressing questions arise: what will the next 75 bring to the international stage? What will the UN look like in 2095? Will it have outlasted expectations, or will it rule the world? Will we, as humanity, have met the SDG’s? And what does this imply for collective action on a more regional and local scale, in and around Groningen?
To discuss these questions and more, Hanze University of Applied Sciences organizes a Futures Literacy Lab on the topic of The Future of Collective Action.
Futures Literacy is a capability, developed at UNESCO that helps us use and imagine multiple futures in order to embrace uncertainty and make sense of the present. In this interactive and thought-provoking workshop we will take you on a voyage to the year 2095 and back, to ultimately explore what the future of collective action means for the community of Groningen, and what our call for agency is today.
Outcomes and insights of this event will be presented at the UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit in Paris in December this year, in collaboration with UNESCO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs.