Futurium Davidvon Becker Geb21 4831

THE ABC OF SHAPING THE FUTURE

FIT FOR THE FUTURE WITH FUTURES LITERACY

Futures literacy has nothing to do with second sight or fortune telling. It’s the ability to imagine options for the future – we also call them futures – and the possibilities that exist for shaping them. Futures literacy improves our ability to prepare for change. And it has an impact on our decision-making processes today. It’s hardly surprising then that Futurium should want to dedicate an entire day to this theme. To do so, we’ll be cooperating with the worldwide network of future-oriented museums (Future-Oriented Museum Synergies – FORMS). Various international museums will be bringing exciting and innovative formats to Berlin for the day.

08Oct2022

Futurium

Further informations:

  • Duration:8 hours
Futurium Davidvon Becker Geb21 4831

In and around Futurium, we’ll be “training” you to be fit for the future. Stimulating, sensual and playful activities such as workshops, guided tours, rallies or speed dating will help you discover within yourself – or further sharpen – your own futures literacy.

The event will be held in cooperation with the worldwide FORMS network of future-oriented museums, of which Futurium is also a member.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

10:00–18:00
INTERACTIVE THEATRE: SURVIVAL KIT FOR THE FUTURE

“I’m packing my suitcase and heading off... into the future!” Our actors and actresses can hardly wait to set off, but they’re having a hard time packing. In any case, what year does one travel to when heading off into the future? And what to pack? From an umbrella to a modern Noah’s Ark, anything is possible. This is where you come in – help our travel team prepare for a very special adventure!

Venue: foyer / entrance / in front of the restaurant
Languages: German and English
Age recommendation: suitable for all ages
Accessibility: Our staff will be happy to factor in individual learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with limited mobility.

10:00–18:00
A unique kind of speed dating - an INTERACTIVE GAME STATION

A unique kind of speed dating: get into conversation with other visitors to our Futures Day and embark on a journey of the mind. What does the future mean to you? How will you be celebrating your 130th birthday? And will the future be the same for everyone? This interactive game station is designed to give you the opportunity to expand your view of the future and to learn more about your own perspective by getting into conversation with other participants.

Venue: forecourt / exhibition (Thinking Space Human)
Languages: German and English
Age recommendation: suitable for all ages, especially children
Accessibility: Our staff will be happy to factor in individual learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with reduced mobility.

11:30–14:30
Post Natural Walking Tour: An Expedition into the Upper Holocene (ENG)

On this expedition, the public will be invited to rediscover the Holocene in Berlin. Citizen-explorers will search the city for signs of life after the Anthropocene. The three-hour expedition will be guided by Jonathon Keats and Frederic Griesbaum.

Book your ticket here
Place: Foyer, starting point guided tours
Language: English
Age recommendation: 14-99
Accessibility: The actors are happy to accommodate learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with limited mobility.

11:00–16:45
TRANSFORMS TALKS: SHAPING FUTURES IN MUSEUM COMMUNITIES
IN ENGLISH

The future is hot right now. Pandemics, climate crisis and digital disruption are motivating us to get better at coping with uncertainty, anticipating disruption, and imagining better alternatives. Yet thinking and acting to transform the future can be hard. Museums have a significant role to play as trusted institutions telling stories of their communities, and therefore a role in shaping those stories for the future. The transFORMS sessions will explore the values of museums that are leading towards enabling a more futures-literate world.

11:00-11:30
Opening

11:30–12:15
Session 1: Future-Oriented Museums Leading Change

What is a future-oriented museum and why does it matter?

13:00–13:45
Session 2: Experiencing Futures

What is the field of experimental futures and why is this approach relevant for museums and their communities?

14:30–15:15
Session 3: Designing New Collaborative Planetary Futures

How do we harness the potential of new digital technologies?

16:00–16:45
Session 4: Navigating Planetary Futures

How might we sustain the Holocene?
Venue: Lab Lounge at Futurium Lab (basement)
Language: English
Age recommendation: 14+
Accessibility: Our staff will be happy to factor in individual learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with limited mobility.

10:00–18:00
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP – CHILDREN’S AREA. DROP-IN TINKERING SPACE FOR CHILDREN

What might the city of the future look like? Will cars be able to fly? Will we live on Mars? There are countless ways of imagining the future. At this tinkering area, our youngest visitors can create collages of crazy cities that just must have a place in a house of possible futures. Tinkering, drawing and crafting with glue, pen, paper and scissors, this creative prototyping format will enable our young participants to create brand new inventions. Within a very short time, we’ll playfully develop a small exhibition of futuristic city models.

Venue: Futurium Lab Studio (basement)
Languages: German and English
Age recommendation: for children
Accessibility: Our staff will be happy to factor in individual learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with limited mobility.

10:30–17:00
Are You Futures Literate?
A reflective tour that raises questions about the present

On October 8 you are invited you to take part in a new experiment at Futurium. Join us when we introduce a prototype that deepens the museum experience by highlighting different ways of using the future to inform the present.

This hour-long tour is offered in both German and in English and is designed to introduce futures literacy as an essential skill for humanity in the 21st century to Futuriums’ guests.

When we think about the future of cities, or Google it, we often do not see anything else than Bladerunner like skyscrapers, glass, and steel. This is an example of a very dominant image of the future in the topic of mobility, which we will explore.

Being futures literate is about being able to challenge those dominant images and the underlying assumptions, to be able to look at the present anew, and take more informed choices.

The tour is designed by the international experts, Loes Damhof, UNESCO Chair in Futures Literacy and Nicklas Larsen, Senior Advisor at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies.

Register at the front desk at Futurium
Venue: meeting place in the foyer
Start time: Tours alternating between English and German start every 60 minutes.
10.30 Uhr German
11.30 Uhr German
12.30 Uhr English
13.30 Uhr German
14.30 Uhr English
15.30 Uhr German
16.30 Uhr English
17.00 Uhr German

Languages: German and English
Age recommendation: 14+
Accessibility: Our staff will be happy to factor in individual learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with limited mobility.

12:00–16:00
FUTURE BOX – EDUCATIONAL BOXES. WORKSHOP

What might the city of the future look like? Will cars be able to fly? Will we live on Mars? There are countless ways of imagining the future. Join us on a journey into the future! Your ideas are urgently wanted – the wilder, the crazier and the more exciting, the better! In this 20-minute workshop, you can develop your own scenario of the future, that is, for a desirable city of the future. Together, we’ll be trying out different methods taken from Futurium’s educational materials to stir your imagination.

Venue: Lab Studio
Start times: Workshops in German start at 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30. Workshops in English start at 14:00 and 15:00.
Languages: German and English
Age recommendation: suitable for all ages
Accessibility: Our staff will be happy to factor in individual learning levels and previous knowledge. Also suitable for people with limited mobility.

INFORMATION

  • Admission is free.
  • Registration is only required for designated elements of the programme.
  • Event languages: German and English

ACCESSIBILITY

  • Futurium is a wheelchair-accessible venue.
  • Dynamic offerings: the future is there for everyone! Futurium wants to be accessible to everyone.
  • If you have any additional access-related needs, please feel free to let us know. We’ll try to help you where we can: besuchsservice@futurium.de. Here you’ll find all information about Futurium’s accessibility.

PHOTO & VIDEO

  • Photos will be taken during the event.
  • If you don’t wish to be pictured, please let us know in advance.