UNDP Arab States Futures Series - SIGNALS: The Signals are Speaking!

The signals are speaking! Signals are out there. Some are weak, and others are strong. Some signals point toward larger patterns, and others simply suggest something might be starting to shift. How do practitioners identify and analyze signals of change? How are organizations mapping signals to generate novel insights? This session brought together leading practitioners to share and reflect on this critical approach. Moderator: Dr John A. Sweeney, an award-winning futurist, designer, and author, with experience in over 45 countries. Panellists: Abril Chimal, Technical Editor at The Journal of Futures Studies, Mexico City Michael Mogensen, Lead, Design Thinking at Ford Motor Company, Detroit Nadia Ben Ammar, Head of Exploration at UNDP Accelerator Lab Tunisia This session was part of a webinar series organised in the framework of the UNDP Youth Futures Fellowship and involving acclaimed futures thinkers from around the world. In October, UNDP launched a participatory futures exercise involving young people in the Arab States and their imaginings of the futures of climate action and civic engagement. 32 young people, from 15 Arab countries were selected from among over 400 creative works, to partake in a 7-week online fellowship programme on futures thinking. You can view their creative pieces in this online gallery: .

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