Futures Literacy and the Arts for Transformative Climate Action

Join a certified Futures Literacy course to address the climate emergency, co-designed by the UNESCO Chair on Futures Literacy at Hanze University and One Resilient Earth. The next training will take place on 3-5 September 2024. You can register here.

‘I found the overall experience to be very informative, engaging, and eye-opening. As someone who is passionate about reimagining the future and helping people engage with the future, this training was exactly what I was looking for. I would love to delve further into Futures Literacy and further engage with it in my personal and professional life. I would highly recommend this training to anyone and hope that I can bring it into everything that I do.’ A participant in the course in June 2022.

Building on the success of the courses in June and November 2022, the UNESCO Chair at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and One Resilient Earth are offering to a new cohort a certified in-depth online course addressing the critical challenge of fostering transformative action in response to the climate emergency.

This course will enable students and professionals in the sustainability field, as well as individuals aspiring to dive into climate change challenges, to deepen their Futures Literacy skills so as to grow their own resilience and creativity. It will also provide practical advice and tools to mobilize Futures Literacy in professional contexts, and design transformative climate action.

Last, the course will build participants’ capacities to both innovate and embrace emergence, which are essential to designing and implementing impactful and regenerative initiatives today for a just, climate-positive, climate-resilient and biodiverse world.

Who is the course for?

Our target audience is students and professionals in the sustainability field, as well as individuals aspiring to dive into current climate change challenges. In case you would like to check if you are a good match for this course, feel free to contact us: [email protected].

What is the format of the course?

The course will take place online from 2.00 to 6.30 pm CET over three days, and will be offered to a small group of climate-curious individuals, sustainability students and sustainability professionals. It will be interactive, participatory, iterative and tailored to the needs of participants.

In order to enrich our imagination regarding the future, deepen connection to ourselves, and unleash creativity, One Resilient Earth will mobilize artworks, with a focus on multimedia and installation arts.

‘The training was immersive, providing an experiential introduction to futures literacy. This design created an experience of the process which then made theoretical exploration more meaningful. The facilitators held the process skilfully and displayed depth of understanding. The use of technology was excellent, with the Miro board providing a map of the overall process and means of collaboration in the learning process. The climate action focus was engaging and the arts angle added an interesting angle to consider ways of nudging systemic transformation.’ A participant in the course in June 2022.

Photograph by Tracy Wilkinson

How is the course structured?

The course will enable participants to acquire an in-depth understanding of Futures Literacy, as a capability that facilitates the development of critical new skills to respond to the climate emergency. Futures Literacy will be taught through a Futures Literacy Lab on the future of climate action. The Lab will be informed by presentations of climate change projections and of recent trends in terms of climate action. Different climate scenarios and challenges identified will be discussed with the support of artworks through interactive sessions.

What are the objectives of the course?

  • Acquire an understanding of the Futures Literacy framework, and of different ways of mobilizing the future for transformative climate action;
  • Adopt new approaches to building climate resilience, and embracing emergence in innovative climate-positive designs;
  • Experiment with art as a channel for inner change and creativity growth.

When is the course taking place?

The course will take place online 3-5 September 2024.

What is the registration process?

We offer different fee categories to enable access and diversity of the group. Participation in the different fee categories are capped, and we invite you to register early. Some scholarships are available once a minimum number of participants have registered. All revenue generated through this course support One Resilient Earth’s portfolio of regenerative activities.

Contact us if you have any questions: [email protected]

Photograph by Hoodh Ahmed
Photograph by Hoodh Ahmed

Who are the lead designers and trainers?

Loes Damhof was elected Lecturer of the Year 2016 of all higher education in The Netherlands for her innovative practices and passion for teaching at Hanze University. As part of the UNESCO Chair on Futures Literacy in Higher Education, she consults and trains staff of UN organizations, NGOs and corporations on Futures Literacy as a capability to make better informed decisions. As a Futures Literacy Expert, she designs, develops and facilitates Futures Literacy Labs.

Laureline Simon has led and facilitated international collaboration projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation since 2006, including with the UNFCCC. She founded One Resilient Earth in 2020 to pioneer a regenerative and transformative approach to fostering climate resilient worlds. One Resilient Earth works with UN organizations, universities, museums and local community organizations, and nurtures synergies between science, art, ancient wisdom and new technologies.

Loes and Laureline met through Resilience Frontiers in 2019, and have enjoyed collaborating since then with One Resilient Earth, including  workshops on building individual resilience to climate change with Futures Literacy. Their full bios can be accessed here.

Loes and Laureline published “What If Resilience Was About Welcoming Emergence Every Day“, an article that can be read on Tero Magazine, as well as on Medium, and provides some insights into this training. They also recently collaborated on a Futures Literacy workshop on ‘The Future of Healing in a Changing Climate‘ for the Anchorage Museum where they successfully complemented their Futures Literacy training with artworks from the Anchorage Museum collection, as you can see here.

If you have questions or would like to attend a later edition of the course, feel free to contact us: [email protected]

Banner photgraph by Francesco Ungaro