Imagining 2040 Futures: How developments in technology, governance and employment can shape planetary wellbeing
The goal of this applied workshop on future-oriented engagement tools for sustainability is to let its participants discover the practical potential of futures methods and increase their individual Futures Literacy capacity. Participants will be exploring the ways in which developments in technology, governance and employment can shape the wellbeing of humanity and the planet. The workshop is aimed at SHIFT Action Members and a wider group of people interested in Futures Studies and Sustainability. The workshop will take place online and will be master facilitated by 4CF The Futures Literacy Company.
Public engagement and climate action: consensus vs. agonistic processes
A key element of a vibrant democracy is ensuring that the political system is fair and responds to the needs and expectations of all its citizens. Democratic participation and public engagement processes are vital to ensure equality, social justice, and accountability. In the context of accelerated and disruptive climate action approaches emerging democratic practices such as citizens’ assemblies and environmental activist movements stand out as important social formations. Citizens’ assemblies are often construed as ‘consensus’ driven practices, while standing in contrast environmental activist movements are typically construed as ‘agonistic’ or ‘conflictual’ democratic practices. Yet both are valuable manifestations of citizenship that can provide new spaces for dialogue, deliberation and experimentation. Indeed, these sharp distinctions might limit our understanding of the role and the synergies of different practices within a diverse and responsive democracy. This webinar seeks to consider and situate emerging democratic practices within the continuum of consensus and agonistic processes and explore their potential to enrich political debate. We hope to focus our discussion on two key themes:
The role and responsibility of SSH to ‘open up’ as opposed to ‘closing down’ active political spaces for critical debate.
The challenges and opportunities of linking consensus driven processes with other more radical forums and ideas. Allowing these to meaningfully co-exist within a wider deliberative system where each acts as a check and a balance on the other.
KEYNOTE I: Prof. John Barry, Queens University Belfast: ‘Contestation, Democracy and Collective Problem Solving for the Planetary Crisis’
KEYNOTE II: Dr Clodagh Harris, University College Cork: ‘’Climate assemblies and climate policy: the Irish experience’