Resilience Frontiers

RESILIENCE FRONTIERS

기후변화의 회복탄력성, 그 경계를 넘어서다


Building resilience to the adverse effects of climate change requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term outlook. Yet, how can we envision the whole spectrum of future challenges and opportunities without considering the tenets of the fourth industrial revolution, including implications of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and biotechnology? How can we try and mitigate future risks without factoring in the possible evolution of emerging social trends powered by a sustainability ethos, such as local and organic production and consumption practices? How can we think long term without using the tools of futurists and foresight experts, and applying new skills to envision and co-create the future? How can we enhance our creativity and develop our sensitivity to the world without engaging with artists? How can we conceive of a climate-resilient future for the world ecosystem without being mindful?

Cover photo: Gemma Evans


ABOUT
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EVENT

Resilience Frontiers is an interagency effort undertaken by the UNFCCC secretariat in collaboration with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, EIT Climate-KIC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Water Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The 2019 event took place during the Korea Global Adaptation Week from 8-12 April 2019 and kicks off the work to further the exploration of frontier issues launched by the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination. It marked the start of a collective intelligence process on how best to respond to the deep societal transformations driven by emerging technologies and new sustainability trends, and maximize our resilience to climate change beyond 2030. It brought together 100 visionary thinkers and thought leaders for five days of collective thinking and brainstorming inspired by the Futures Literacy Laboratory framework developed by UNESCO and futur/io’s Moonshot approach.

The Resilience Frontiers 2019 event was organized with the advisory support and contribution of 4CF, futur/io, the gannaca global think tank group, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Multiplied, OnePoint5Media and UNESCO.

The artistic dimension of the event was developed with the support of Peter Duong, and builds on the generous contributions of Alec Soth, Ann Hamilton, Ben Johnson, Brad Sloan, Christopher Manzione, Emmet Gowin, Florian Mueller, Frederic Duquette, Hagan Strand, Jan van Ijken, Johns Gerrard, Maxime Simon, Michael Wesely, Neri Oxman, Peter Duong, Suwon Lee, Thomas Flechtner and Tishk Barzanji.

AGENDA

Day 1 : Monday 8 April

9.00-12.30

  • Opening of the Korea Global Adaptation Week
  • Opening of Resilience Frontiers

13.30-18.00

Visualizing probable futures under the impact of the fourth industrial revolution

  • Working groups envision the evolution and implications of emerging technologies, as well as new social trends towards sustainability, as drivers shaping our future by 2030 in a climate-changed world
  • Cross-fertilization
  • Plenary discussio

Day 2 : Tuesday 9 April

9.00-12.30

Envisioning desirable futures in a climate-resilient world

  • Moonshot approach: Working groups visualize desirable futures in a climate-resilient world, and deep dive into the opportunities and challenges arising from the previous day’s discussions on drivers of change, in meeting the basic needs of the world population beyond 2030, in a climate-resilient way

13.30-18.00

  • Plenary discussion

Reframing the mind to rethink the future

  • Learning intensive society approach: Working groups identify gaps in their visions as well as assumptions and biases, and question how they think about the future
  • Exhibition of sculptures and cards from the future
  • World café

Day 3 : Wednesday 10 April

9.00-12.30

Disrupting general assumptions and biases about the future

  • Stranger futures approach: Working groups deep dive into challenging their own assumptions and biases on both probable and desirable visions of the future
  • Cross fertilization
  • Plenary discussion

13.30-18.00

Exploring new desirable futures in a climate-resilient world

  • Working groups expand the “visions of desirable futures in a climate-resilient world” that materialized through the Moonshot approach on day 2
  • Working groups subsequently open up their exploration of the future to include intellectual frameworks, institutional setups and support systems that would be part of new desirable futures in a climate-resilient world
  • Formulation of novel questions triggered by the visions and reflections on the new desirable futures
  • Plenary discussion

Day 4 : Thursday 11 April

9.00-12.30

Reinventing the enabling environment for transformative resilience

  • Moonshot approach: Working groups visualize how to transform, reinvent or re-tool intellectual frameworks, institutional setups and support systems, in order to create an optimal enabling environment for climate-resilience

13.30-18.00

  • Three-minute film shooting and presentations 
  • Plenary discussion
  • Identification of cross-cutting themes to be investigated by the thought leadership streams

Day 5 : Friday 12 April

09.00-14.30

Conceiving policy-relevant thought leadership streams

  • Working groups start designing thought leadership streams to be spearheaded by consortia of interested entities to elaborate policy-relevant roadmaps, pathways, or initiatives that would address priority cross-cutting themes arising from the event
  • World café

Closing of Resilience Frontiers

Closing of the Korea Global Adaptation Week

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