Cheryl Chung

Deputy Director of Strategic Planning
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore

Presentation & Workshop | Prototyping Museum Futures with Space for Loss

Cheryl heads the strategic planning department at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and together with a team, is building the futures research and teaching capabilities at the School with the “Future Ready Singapore” project.  Her work focuses on the intersection of technology, economic and regulatory policy and on capability development in futures thinking for policy makers. Before joining the School in 2015, Cheryl worked in the Singapore Government where she led futures projects across several ministry portfolios for 8 years. She entered the world of public policy futures as part of the pioneer team for the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Futures Group. There, she led projects exploring the industry development potential of trends such as big data, and 3D-printing. After MTI, she moved to the Strategic Policy Office, under the Prime Minister’s Office, where she co-led the Emerging Strategic Issues Project v2.0 and led research work on the Evolving Role of the State. She also designed, developed, and delivered their in-house training programme, Futurecraft, focussing on foresight communication. Cheryl’s most recent ministry posting was to the Ministry of Transport where she helped to start the Ministry’s futures team and led the development of their policy framework for Autonomous Vehicles. Cheryl is one of the co-founders of Quad Research, a non-partisan collective that believes in expanding the space for data-driven discourse and assisting in better collective decision making for Singapore’s future.

Exhibitions about the future and how they can -how we can as futurists- bridge the past, present, and future in a way that is accessible to the public and knowledge acknowledge that change comes with grief and loss?

Shermon Ortega Cruz

Center for Engaged Foresight

Shermon Cruz is a professional futurist, a climate reality leader, a certified business continuity professional and founder of the Center for Engaged Foresight. He is an active member of the World Futures Studies Federation, the Asia Pacific Futures Network and the Association of Professional Futurist. Shermon specializes on futures education and research, strategic foresight facilitation, planning, governance, city resilience, crisis management and policy management. He was formerly a director of the Philippine Center for Foresight Education and Innovation Research (PhilForesight) at Northwestern University in the Philippines. Shermon combines and integrates culture-based narrative and metaphoric thinking to question and explore alternate futures and to help people create a deeper, more authentic and action-oriented transformation.

Cornelia Daheim

Foresight Consultant
Future Impacts Consulting

Game session | Foresight game centred on “Future Disruptions”

Cornelia Daheim is a foresight expert and consultant, founder and principal of Future Impacts. Since 2000, she has been leading corporate foresight projects for corporate customers such as Alstom, Evonik, SKT or BASF, up to CEO level, and public sector projects, e.g. within the framework of international as well as European research networks, with customers such as the Korean innovation institute STEPI or the European Commission. Recently, her topic focus was on the future of work, societal change, and the future of energy and mobility. Recent published projects include scenarios on precision agriculture for the European Parliament, the study “Jobs and Skills – Work 2030” for UKCES, or a study on the “Future of Work 2050” by the Millennium Project published with Bertelsmann Foundation. Ms. Daheim has experience in foresight assignments in Europe, the US and Asia, and has spoken on foresight and future trends on all continents. In 2003, she founded and has since acted as head of the Millennium Project’s German Node – the MP is the world’s largest continuous foresight NGO working on future global change. She is also the President of the Foresight Europe Network, aiming to advance foresight in Europe.

The session introduces a game focused on possible disruptions, and participants will experience the game by playing it themselves. Set up as a board game, it uses gaming techniques such as randomisation and competition, and players can “score” by identifying credible and plausible future disruptions.

Jim Dator

Former Director
Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies

Keynote | Four Generic Images of the Future of the Manoa School

Jim Dator is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science. He served as Secretary General and then President of the World Futures Studies Federation for a decade, produced numerous publications on futures studies and emergent issues, and has consulted with governmental, educational, religious, public-interest, military, and business organisations in over 40 countries. Jim Dator is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Many people consider “the future” to be a time and place lying somewhere “ahead” of us towards which we are tending.  Some people even seem to assume that “the future” somehow pre-exists, and that we are able, or should be able, to “predict” what it will be like.  Our long experience in the futures field has convinced us that it is not possible to predict the future. Rather, it is possible, and necessary, to “forecast” and “experience” logical, theory-based, images of “alternative futures”, and to use our analysis of them to envision, invent, and move towards the creation of  “preferred futures”, continually re-examining our preferences on the basis of experiences with new and old images of alternative futures.

Many years ago, we concluded that all of the millions, indeed billions, of images of the futures that are in people’s minds and actions are specific versions of four generic images of the futures. We eventually labeled them Grow, Collapse/New Beginnings, Discipline and Transform.

It is very important to understand that the generic four alternative images of the futures of the Manoa School are not “made up”. Rather, each of them is built on a very firm empirical base. That is to say, there are many groups and individuals around the world who hold some version of one of them as an accurate image of The Future—while also usually proclaiming that the other three are wrong. I believe there are strong arguments supporting each of the four generic images, and that it is not possible for me, as a futurist, to say that any one is wrong or right. Rather, it is my duty to present specific versions of each of the four to you as appealingly and accurately as possible so that you may decide how best to envision and create your preferred futures in response to all four of the alternative futures images.

Download Jim Dator’s bibliography on the four generic images of the futures of the Maona School


Bart De Baere


Bart De Baere is director of M HKA in Antwerp, the contemporary art museum of the Flemish Community in Belgium. Since its merger with the Centre for Visual Culture in 2003, M HKA is also active within visual culture at large. He was one of the curators of Documenta IX in Kassel; consultant for the city of Johannesburg, involved in establishing its first biennial; member of the International Advisory Council for the network of Soros Institutes for contemporary art in Eastern Europe; a co-founder of the Brussels Kunsthalle ‘Wiels’; curator of the 2015 Moscow biennial. Bart De Baere has written and published extensively on art and on institutional issues.

Eva De Smedt

Structural Researcher
Erasmus University

Trackmaker | Co-creating the future of leisure time: A case study of Pasar

Eva De Smedt holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies and is a structural researcher at the ‘Applied Futures Research – Open Time’ Knowledge Centre of the Erasmus University College in Brussels. She is affiliated to the bachelor degree’s programme in Tourism and Recreation Management at the same institution. Her research interests include futures studies, discourse studies, journalism, tourism, and leisure.

Privatisation, individualisation, a demand-driven economy, digitalisation, urbanisation, multiculturalism and sustainability: these are just a few of the major tendencies that frame, shape and guide our society and everyday life. This study takes this ever-changing context as a framework and opportunity for analysing one crucial aspect upon which these tendencies tend to bear: the future of leisure time. The study sets out to examine the changing meaning of leisure time in the future, and anticipate how the professional field could respond to these changes. To concretise this twofold research objective, the study partnered with Pasar, a Flemish sociocultural organisation that has been committed to the organisation of and participation in activities in tourism and leisure for over 77 years.

Kim De Vidts

Futures Researcher
Open Time, Erasmus University College Brussels

Presentation | Creating artifacts from four futures of Brussels 2060.

Kim De Vidts is a structural futures researcher at the centre of expertise “Applied Futures Research – Open Time”, at the Erasmus University College in Brussels. While instructing political science at Hawaii Pacific University and working for the American Intelligence community, she equally completed her PhD. This under the direct mentorship of Jim Dator at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her interest in two of her passions thrived: the application of the Manoa approach, and the in-depth study of contemporary and futures notions of nationalism and the concept of identity within a European context. Kim’s past professional experiences in both change management and futures studies allow her to manage expectations within both domains, while facilitating a convergence between both if so desired. 

This presentation revisits notions of civic versus ethnic nationalism to envision what the future of identity may develop into by 2060 applying the Manoa School of Futures Studies’ four generic futures methodology, bringing in an ID card as an artifact from the future.



Performance | A drawing performance with Tomi Dufva

Drawbot has the outside of a cigare box. She has an Arduino-core and two gear motors. She is equipped with distance sensors and can also power itself if needed. Drawbot is interested in executing orders as well as randomness.

Mikko Dufva

Research Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Game introduction | FOSTER-ERM

Mikko Dufva is a research scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd working in the field of foresight. He has done projects related to the futures of work, synthetic biology, platform economy, forestry, mining and use of renewable energy. He is a Doctor of Science in Technology and his dissertation was about knowledge creation in foresight from a systems perspective. He has broad methodological expertise ranging from systems thinking, decision analysis and optimization to interactive planning, scenario analysis and participatory methods. His current research interests include experiential foresight and post-normal times.

A key challenge in foresight is maintaining a balance between long-term visions and present-day relevance. Images of futures have to be demystified and interpreted in the present context.  This presentation reflects upon the challenges faced when creating an educational board game focused on business model development in the context of raw materials and circular economy. The presentation closes with a game session for between 8 and 16 people.

Tomi Dufva

Visual Artist
Department of Art at Aalto University

Performance | A drawing performance

Tomi Dufva is visual artist and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art at Aalto University. He has a master’s degree in fine arts as well as from art education. He is also a co-founder of art & craft school Robotti which gives children teaching on art and technology. His research and art deals with the questions of digitalization, art, and art education. He focuses on investigating creative coding as a tool in comprehending and gaining control of digital technologies.

A drawing performance to look at the future status of human experience.