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Resilience Frontiers 2019

Resilience Frontiers 2019 was the launchpad event of the Resilience Frontiers Initiative and took place during the Korea Global Adaptation Week from 8-12 April 2019. 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.

Resilience Frontiers 2019 was organized with the advisory support of 4CF, Exponential Mind, futur/io, the gannaca global think tank group, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and UNESCO. The event was facilitated with the support of the Center for Engaged Foresight, the Center for Strategic Foresight, Finland Futures Research Centre, the futur/io institute, the Foundation for Research and Technology- Hellas, Ghost Company, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, the Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute Poland, Stratsearch Foundation Inc, the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security. Communication and media support were provided by Multiplied, OnePoint5Media and Ridley Scott Associates – Blur Films.

The artistic dimension of the event was developed in collaboration with Peter Duong, thanks to the contributions of Alec Soth, Andreas Gursky, Ann Hamilton, Ben Johnson, Brad Sloan, Christopher Manzione, Emmet Gowin, Florian Mueller, Frederic Duquette, Gaston Meskens, Jose Eliel Camargo-Molina, Hagan Strand, Jan van Ijken, Johns Gerrard, Lorena Medina, Maxime Simon, Michael Wesely, Neri Oxman, Peter Duong, Silke Van Cleuvenbergen, Suwon Lee, Thomas Flechtner and Tishk Barzanji.

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Agenda of the 2019 event

Day 1 : Monday 8 April


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


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 discussion

Day 2 : Tuesday 9 April


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


  • 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


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


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


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


  • 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


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