San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
How can foresight, visualization, and new forms of digital practice inform the debate, deliberation, design and reform of public policy? For advocates, these practices go beyond merely informing the work of top decision-makers and experts, and hold great promise to engage citizens in deliberation and debate—but how, and to what extent? How do different foresight, visualization, and digital practices compare to other kinds of engagement? What are the implications for professional training, and critically, how can we maximize democratic potential?
Evert Lindquist (PhD Berkeley) is Professor and Director at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration and Editor of the journal, Canadian Public Administration. He has published widely on topics in public sector reform, governance and decision-making, research utilization, policy capability, think tanks, consultation, horizontal management, and policy-related visualization. Professor Lindquist has a broad understanding of public governance trends and an interest in foresight and scenario-building. He is PI for the SSHRC-funded project, “Digital Governance: Transforming Government Practice for the Digital Era” with OCAD University, Institute on Governance, Dalhousie University, and On Second Thought Advisory.
Ottilia Berze is a PhD Candidate in Public Administration at UVic. Her dissertation seeks to assess the effectiveness of foresight techniques, especially scenarios, in addressing complex problems. Her other research interests include: refining tools and approaches for managing global complex problems, facilitating effective leadership and change, improving quality of life and increasing human performance. With a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and an MBA from Dalhousie University, Ottilia became responsible for advising small and medium-sized businesses seeking to commercialize innovative environmental technologies, and served in various leadership roles over seven years in the health sector in policy, program and service.
Martin Berry is a candidate for OCAD University’s Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation who is presently working with Policy Horizons Canada. His current personal research project involves the testing of different scanning methods in order to improve foresight work. Before learning about foresight through the SFI program, Martin practised industrial design and scenography. His collaboration with Horizons has led him to investigate experiential futures and cross-impact scenario development where he brings his creative talent to the analyst team. He will speak about his work at Horizons on e-governance, including signals, drivers and possible scenarios.
When & Where
sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab)
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at OCAD University. sLab integrates applied research, professional engagement, education and skills development to assist private, public, and not-for-profit organizations attain their goals. sLab trans-disciplinary teams draw on the growing SFI community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about creative economies and sustainable futures. slab.ocadu.ca