Becoming Futurists Presented by SCIP Portugal
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Becoming Futurists Presented by SCIP Portugal

When: Thursday July 9
1230 GMT ( Lisbon Time )
Where: United States
Contact: Luis Madureira

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Becoming Futurists

As a newcomer to the future industry, I observed the wealth of knowledge that the future brings, and the societal relevance that this knowledge carries. I am convinced that when people, including myself, become knowledgeable about possible futures, it provides them guidance in the rapidly changing world we live in. However, early in my career, I experienced that only a few people shared my thoughts about the future because of skepticism of the practitioners that translate the future: the futurists. Critics even questioned whether futurists were real professionals. The objective of my PhD thesis Becoming Futurists was to clarify what kind of professionals futurists actually are. With in-depth research into the translators of the future, I hope to contribute to the development of the future industry. And with that, I hope to contribute to a collective understanding of the importance of ‘futures literacy’.


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Tessa Cramer
Tessa Cramer (PhD) is associate professor Designing the Future at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries. As part of a new generation of futurists who facilitate the in-depth discussion about the future with imagination and analytical skills, Cramer translates the futurist mindset for a broader public. She aims to help others learn to speak the language of the future, or in other words, to help people become futures literate. Cramer’s mission is to advance ‘futures literacy’ by connecting people and ideas. .

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