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Biography

Biography

Mr. Alex Fergnani

Head of Laboratory for the Monitoring of the Sociopolitical Destabilization Risks, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Abstract

Abstract

Asian Wisdom & Foresight: A Talk through Metaphors

The discipline of Futures & Foresight has primarily developed with a strong Western perspective and, with few exceptions, even the efforts that have been made to provide alternative views have failed to reconcile the strong influence of Asian philosophies in foresight processes. Indeed, Pierre Wack, one of the founding fathers of corporate scenario planning, developed his seminal foresight method after having repeatedly been exposed to Asian cultures through his travels (Japan, India). This talk will reconnect futures theory and foresight practice with its Asian roots. It will explain how basic concepts from Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Zen Buddhism not only inform the exploration of the futures around us, but how they in fact stand at the very foundations of the profession. The talk will serve as an introduction to a new kind of Asian-conscious foresight practice that the Ideactio Center for Foresight Research & Consulting is fostering in the Asian region. 

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