Futures Day is a worldwide theme day aimed at sparking global, national and local conversations about the futures people around the globe desire and fear. Want to know how and where you can join the conversation too? Read on for some tips!
The history of futures day
Since the early 1970’s there have been various future day local events, such as at the Program for the Study of the Future of the University of Massachusetts. In 2011 the non-profit organization and think tank Humanity+ initiated World Futures Day on the 1stof March. Members of the Millennium Project, a global futures think tank, supported this initiative and added a 24-hour worldwide conversation event to it.
Meanwhile many others jumped the bandwagon and initiated Futures Day initiatives. Here's a couple of examples of events that you can join or get inspiration from to organise your own gathering.
THE FINS SET THE EXAMPLE
The first Finnish edition of Futures Day organized in 2018 by Finland Futures Research Center at the University of Turku and Tulevaisuuskoulu (Futures School) has been very successful. They have been able to get a lot of partners aboard for the 2019 edition, such as the National Board of Education, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Sitra – the National Innovation Fund, and many others. You can find more info over here.
24-HOUR VIDEO CONVERSATION ONLINE
The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank dedicated to improve humanity’s prospects for building a better future. On March 1st they organise an around the world video conference which many futurists and other interested people will join. Sign in around 12 noon in your time zone. They will publish the video access via their channels soon, such as over here.
TEACH THE FUTURE'S COMMUNITY IN ACTION
Teach the Future is a non-profit community dedicated to bringing futures thinking to schools, educators and students around the world. They have local hubs in 16 countries worldwide and counting.
In collaboration with the Finnish Futures Day Team they have activated their community to translate Finnish materials to spark futures conversations in various languages, such as English, Spanish, Greek, Portugese and Dutch.
Want to celebrate Futures Day in your classroom? Download the materials over here. You can also join Teach the Future's events in their local hubs, such as Brazil. More events will be shared via their social media channels and website.
AND MANY OTHER INITIATIVES...
When you search online for Futures Day, Future Day, World Futures Day or similar combinations you can find other places where people come together and share their events and initiatives on March 1st. Such as over here, here and here.
Want to initiate your own event or join one in your region? Contact any of the above mentioned initiatives or just DIY and share your event by using #futuresday.
Let's get together on March 1st and explore the future!