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An Interesting Day 2016: Transforming the Future

25 November, 2016 @ 10:00 - 17:00

Tickets are now available!

It is once again time for An Interesting Day! This annual DFS meeting will take place on the 25th of November in Amsterdam. This year’s theme will be about “Transforming the Future” and is especially for and by our members: Futurists for futurists.

“An Interesting Day” is the event of the year where futurists meet and learn about transformative developments and new professional insights. This year’s Interesting Day brings to the table some of the most transformative topics. A few highlights: Learn more about the transformative potential of gene editing. Stay tuned for the impact of blockchain technology, and find out how to sharpen your skills in prediction and superforecasting. This and many more speakers: the floor is for our members, and in a series of parallel sessions we can learn from each other, show our fellow futurists new ideas, methods, discuss new developments etcetera. An Interesting Day is your opportunity of the year to meet other foresight professionals and learn from each other! And of course there will be ample opportunity to meet your fellow futurists, have a drink, or just enjoy being there.

A special mention also for the session of Teach the Future. We find it very important to inspire youth at an early age to co-create the future with us, and therefore Teach the Future’s session will also be accessible without an AID ticket to all those interested in bringing the future into the classroom! More info is available here.

Keynotes, workshops and parallel sessions

A mix of keynote presentations and workshops (some in Dutch and some in English) will be held throughout the morning and afternoon. Take a look at an overview of the day and all of the confirmed sessions (more about individual sessions at the end of this page):

Morning Pogram


  • The Role of Superforecasting in the 21st Century – Regina Joseph (Sibylink)
  • Predicting the future with the blockchain? – Maurits Kreijveld (Wisdom of the Crowd)

Afternoon Program

Keynote & Workshop

  • CRISPR-CAS9: The transformative impact of gene editing – Stan Brouns (Brounslab)

Parallel Sessions

  • Future Probing – Slava Koslov (Summ()n)
  • The Coming Insurrection and how it may Transform Expected Futures [English if in demand] – Jaap van Till (The Connectivist)
  • Scenario based policy discussion OECD and EZ Energy Dialogue – Freija van Duijne
Teach the Future‘s session will span both timeslots of the parallel sessions, and is accessible without an AID ticket. More info is available here.

More information

The event will take place at AmsterdamConnected, you are welcome at 09.30 and the event starts at 10.00. Tickets include coffee, tea and refreshments during the day. Lunch is available for a small price at the restaurant of AmsterdamConnected. There is opportunity for drinks and an informal chat after 17.00 hours. Curious about An Interesting Day? Take a look at last years program and read Anne Pereira’s blog (Dutch only)!


DFS Members can reserve their tickets for only €10,- (administration costs)! Log in below to reserve your DFS Member ticket, or become a member. Limited regular tickets are also available to non-members for €75,- or €37,50 for students/PhD (+ €10,- admin. costs). Regular tickets come with a free one-year DFS Membership, in case you’d like to join us at a later date (read more about DFS Membership here). Reserve your regular ticket below, or visit the Eventbrite page.

About the Sessions

_20160802_160606Morning Pogram – Keynotes

The Role of Superforecasting in the 21st Century – Regina Joseph (Sibylink)

Superforecaster and Sibylink founder Regina Joseph will discuss the key skills required for modernizing long-term strategic planning and methods. Improved strategic foresight techniques and training can deliver greater accuracy in forecasting event outcomes. Joseph will address how to mainstream forecasting and how to popularize it among organizational leaders

Predicting the future with the blockchain? – Maurits Kreijveld (Wisdom of the Crowd)

maurits_kreijveldPrediction markets could be used as a forecasting tool by letting individuals trade shares in the outcome of real-life events. This provides a means to harness the wisdom of the crowd: i.e. that under certain conditions, the aggregate of informed opinions is more accurate than the best estimates of experts. Blockchain technology can enable decentralized prediction markets and therefore make them more reliable. Several companies are developing this kind of applications.

In his workshop, Maurits Kreijveld will present the latest developments and have a discussion on the use of these technologies for forecasting. How could a forecasting tool based on prediction markets be designed? What applications can be foreseen? Under what conditions should it operate to be as accurate as possible?

Maurits Kreijveld is a futurist on Wisdom of the Crowd.

Afternoon Program – Keynote & Workshop

imageCRISPR-CAS9: The transformative impact of gene editing – Stan Brouns (Brounslab)

In his presentation, Stan Brouns will highlight how fundamental research into the biology of CRISPR immune systems in Bacteria has led to revolutionairy new tools in molecular biology. These new tools have begun to transform the future of human genetic disease, biotechnology and genetic research worldwide.

Afternoon Program – Parallel Sessions

Future Probing – Slava Koslov (Summ()n)

aaeaaqaaaaaaaahmaaaajdqwm2zjmgq3ltjimgmtnduwns1immi2ltyzyjfhndvmyjhjoqFuture Probing is an innovative approach that helps companies and organizations to explore the possible futures more proactively, and to convert the results of these explorations into business opportunities already today. During the An Interesting Day, Summ()n will present the main concepts and tools of the Future Probing method: what is a ‘signal of the future’, how to gather and interpret these signals, and how to create ‘future probes’, to both validate your ideas about possible futures and to ‘seed’ new prospects.

Summ()n will present a few examples (cases) of real ‘future probes’ developed and launched by different companies, to illustrate multiple benefits that can be gained during the process (but also discuss some ‘lessons learned’). They will also play a short demo version of Future Probing together with the participants. You will have a chance to experience all the main stages of the process: cross-analysis of the ‘future signals’, opening ‘future portals’, and then launching future probes. The hope is to demonstrate that even a short exercise can help you to sense the possible futures better, make more sense of these observations, and adapt to the new realities quicker

Publiek en de Toekomst: moeten we non-experts betrekken bij toekomstverkenningen? [Dutch] – Dhoya Snijders

aaeaaqaaaaaaaabzaaaajdg5zdcxzti5lta2ntgtndg3yy05ntrmltbjotyzztk5nwmymgExperts zijn niet noodzakelijk de beste toekomstverkenners, leren Tetlock en Gardner ons in het boek Superforecasting. In deze sessie gaan we aan de hand van de Nationale Toekomstmonitor 2016 in op deze stelling en vragen we wat de meerwaarde is van het betrekken van non-experts bij toekomstverkenningen. Op interactieve wijze houden we een discussie over methoden om een breder publiek te betrekken. De uitkomsten van deze discussie worden verwerkt in een miniverkenning die aan de deelnemers en online wordt gedeeld.

IMPACT – Hoe je meer invloed kunt uitoefenen op de toekomst [Dutch] – Peter van der Wel

peter-van-der-welSteeds meer mensen hebben het gevoel dat we met onze aarde een rampscenario volgen. Tegelijk menen ze dat zij daar nauwelijks invloed op kunnen uitoefenen. Dat laatste is een misvatting. Auteurs Peter van der Wel en Stefan Stroet laten in Impact zien dat ieder mens beschikt over het vermogen de loop van de wereldgeschiedenis te beïnvloeden. En in dit boek leggen ze ook uit hoe een ieder dat kan doen. Zij laten zien hoe je, met behulp van recente wetenschappelijke inzichten, optimaal invloed kunt uitoefenen – op de juiste plaatsen en op het juiste moment. Daarbij gebruiken ze nieuwe inzichten in gedrag, bewustzijn, vrije wil, de werking van netwerken, complexe adaptieve systemen en memen en laten zien hoe deze religies, staten, ondernemingen en andere organisaties beïnvloeden. 

BNWScience fiction prototyping & visual storytelling – Brave New World & 48 hour Film Project Films

At Brave New World festival, the Dutch Future Society supported the crews from 48 Hours film project in creating interesting storylines for their short films. Key themes were technology and bravery. The films will be presented at An Interesting Day and there will be a discussion with Floris Koot, from 48 Hours and Knowmads.

The Coming Insurrection and how it may Transform Expected Futures – Jaap van Till (The Connectivist)

c65edcdade80e59d28994e0657eefc66Times are a-changing. That means that we also have to change our views on the future to what might lead us in a constructive way through the major structural transitions. We can see that many national elections and referenda are signals of protest against the establishment powers. These have failed to see that many seemingly solid assumptions and policies are either false or do not work anymore: abundant raw materials, scarcity of information, hierarchies, upward movement in lower/ middle classes, neoliberal market mantras. The resulting ANGER and Insurrections have been averted by the elites by blaming “others”. The resulting wave of hatred and even open racism is similar to the popular fascist movements in the 1930’s after the Crash. We are now in the same position: after the Crash of 2008. The only alternative to endless hate and destruction is to start a wave of constructive interconnection and online ICT collaboration I call Synthecracy which can create value, wealth and jobs for the young.

12122596_837591176360082_8368798926429889178_nScenario based policy discussion OECD and EZ Energy Dialogue – Freija van Duijne

This year, Freija has been designing and organising a scenario based policy discussion for the National Energy Dialogue. Last year, she was with the Strategic foresight unit at the OECD to work on a scenario based policy discussion for the Ministerial Council Meeting. She will talk about her experience of scenario projects in these government organisations.

Early Warning Signals: Developing a 21st century methodology – Maja Bosch (Futureconsult)

photo_maja-boschEarly Warning Signals (EWS) indicate upcoming change: they show that current patterns are fragile, or they are the first signs of a new trend. EWS may prove to be game changers, impacting the course or strategy of an organization.

Many organisations have a method to ‘harvest’ EWS and explore the impact of these signals. However, these methodologies are often very network- or expert-driven, rather than making use of the power of big data. Futureconsult is currently developing a 21st century EWS methodology that includes both the implicit knowledge in networks and insights from big data analyses.

In this workshop, Maja Bosch wants to share and discuss some of their insights and hopes to inspire you to incorporate Early Warning Signals more in strategic discussions.

Maja Bosch is advisor at Futureconsult.

Teach the Future – Erica Bol (Teach the Future)

Jongeren gaan naar school om zich voor te bereiden op de toekomst. Daar leren zij over het verleden, het heden, maar de ‘toekomst’ komt niet specifiek aanbod. Waarom eigenlijk niet? Ondanks dat het lastig is om les te geven over iets wat nog niet bestaat, kunnen we jongeren wél expliciet vaardigheden aanleren die helpen met het voorbereiden op die toekomst. Hoe beter je voorbereid bent, hoe meer je richting kunt geven aan je eigen toekomst en die van de wereld om je heen.

Teach the Future organiseert een workshop over toekomst denken in de klas. Ze tonen een aantal praktische tools en lessen die je kunnen helpen toekomst denken in de klas te onderwijzen. En gaan daarnaast graag samen met je in gesprek over jouw ervaringen en de toekomst in de klas.

Help je ons toekomst denken in de klas te brengen? Samen kunnen we jongeren stimuleren de entrepreneur van hun eigen toekomst te laten zijn!

Teach the Future’s sessie tijdens An Interesting Day is ook los toegankelijk zónder een ticket voor de gehele dag. Zie hier voor meer informatie.

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