Leader in Futures Literacy will be main speaker at Cesco Dinner 2019

The doctor in economics and Head of Futures Literacy of the UNESCO, Riel Miller, will be one of the protagonists of the world-wide copper mining encounter, where he will give his vision in front of more than 1600 leaders of the industry on April, 10th. In his presentation, the professional will refer to the importance of strategic foresight in a fast-paced and changing world, and how to use what we know today to open up to the future.

Futures Literacy is a discipline that has existed for decades and invites us to evaluate and develop our anticipation capabilities, in order to better face the social challenges that come. A leader in this field is Riel Miller, French-Canadian economist, Doctor in Economics from the New School for Social Research (USA), who is currently at the head of the Futures Literacy project of UNESCO, promoting Futures Literacy Labs that have already been developed in 20 countries.

This methodology does not seek to predict phenomena, but to imagine emerging futures that feed our vision into the present. This, with the purpose of exercising a skill that is considered fundamental to face the world that comes, marked by uncertainty: learn to imagine, think and contrast our ideas about the future, to finally answer the question: how and how much it affects our actions today, the assumptions – erroneous or correct – that we have about the future?

Riel Miller is one of the leading designers and professionals of strategic foresight in the world. His specialty is to lead decision makers to question the assumptions that underlie current choices and explore the potential of the present. Examples in specific sectors are the future of money (financial sector), the future of schooling and universities (education), the future of cyberspace (Internet, networks) and the future of technology (from nano to artificial intelligence).

The international expert will visit Chile as the keynote speaker for Cesco Dinner 2019, one of the world’s leading copper mining events that brings together more than 1,600 industry leaders.

Also, Miller will participate in Puerto Ideas on Sunday, April 14th at 12:30 with an exhibition at the Auditorio Ferrocarril de Antofagasta around the Futures Literacy Labs, and he will hold a one in the Antofagasta Region organized by the Regional Government and the CNID.

“Becoming more capable of using the future is not related to any technology or technological change. In fact, it is something that is driven by other things: it is not by our tools, it is by our desire to respect diversity, to be open and innovative, to embrace change and be able to adapt. That is what drives the interest to be able to better use the future”, says the expert on the need to use the tools of Futures Literacy.

According to Riel Miller, today we are in a situation similar to that of an illiterate peasant who moved to the city during the Industrial Revolution to become a factory worker, entering an unknown and terrifying world. “Today we are making a transition because everything around us is changing towards a more diverse, more multidimensional, more open society, where we have Google. When the man went to the city and could not read or write he was afraid, he was confused. In the same way, today we face the world that surrounds us, with all its splendor and opportunities, and we ask ourselves “how do I know who I am?”. If people use Futures Literacy, the world around them will also change, just as the world changed when everyone learned to read and write, or when everyone started using cell phones”, he explains.

His career

For thirty years, Riel Miller has dedicated his work to the world of innovation, leadership, and transformation in the public and private sectors throughout the world. He has been Head of Anticipation for Unesco since June 2012 and Futures Literacy since January 2018.

Previously he worked as senior manager in the public service of Ontario (Ministries of Finance, Universities, and Industry) and for thirteen years he worked in the OECD in Paris, in the Directorates of Economy, Science, and Technology, Education, Territorial Development and Development. In 2005, he founded an independent consultancy called Xperidox to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively.

Since 1988, when he directed his first major participatory forecasting exercise (Vision 2000), Miller has designed more than fifty future projects applied worldwide, large and small scale, public and private. His work has been widely published in papers that cover topics such as the future of innovation, research, financing of money, public services, education, Internet, identity, information technology, knowledge society, regional development, health, universities, and telepresence.